Insight Mars Lander

The Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission is a robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of the planet Mars. It was manufactured by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and most of its scientific instruments were built by European agencies. The mission launched in May 2018 and successfully landed at Elysium Planitia on Mars in November 2018 travelling 483×106 km (300×106 mi) during its journey. As of May 2022, InSight has been active for 1238 sols (1272 days; 3 years, 176 days). InSight’s objectives are to place a seismometer, called Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS), on the surface of Mars to measure seismic activity and provide accurate 3D models of the planet’s interior; and measure internal heat transfer using a heat probe called HP3 to study Mars’ early geological evolution.