Insight Mars Lander Prepared For Launch

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Insight

Inside the Astrotech processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, NASA's InSight spacecraft is rotated on a fixture for further testing.

InSight was developed and built by Lockheed-Martin Space Systems in Denver, Colorado, and is scheduled for liftoff is May 5, 2018. InSight is the first mission to land on Mars and explore the Red Planet's deep interior. It will investigate processes that shaped the rocky planets of the inner solar system including Earth.

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