Launched on May 5, 2018, NASA’s InSight robotic lander has finally accomplished its mission. InSight, which stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport, was created by NASA to study the interior of Mars.
According to NASA, InSight’s purpose is to place two probes on the surface of Mars: HP3 and SEIS. As of now, SEIS has already been placed, and HP3 will be placed sometime in January of 2019.
SEIS (Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure) is a seismometer – a device which measures internal ground movements. Bruce Banerdt, the Principal Investigator of InSight, reports that “the seismometer is the highest-priority instrument on InSight: We need it … to complete about three-quarters of our science objectives.”
What are the next steps for SEIS? NASA will first ensure that the seismometer is level with the ground, then it will be able to begin measurements and send data back to Earth.
Read more about the InSight mission here.