NASA Launches InSight to Mars (part 1)

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InSight, the first planetary mission to take off from the West Coast, lifted off at 4:05 a.m. PDT (7:05 a.m. EDT, 1105 UTC) from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. This is a NASA TV broadcast recording showing launch. More info:
[music]. from vandenberg air force base in. central california you're watching live . launch coverage of nasa's interior . exploration using seismic investigations . geodesy and heat transport or insight . spacecraft to study the interior of mars . hi i'm stephanie martin and thanks for . joining us . nasa's insight mission is the 20th . mission to mars previous missions have . taught us a lot about the planet's . surface atmosphere and ionosphere inside . however will teach us about what goes on . a mile or even 2,000 miles below the . surface this will help us understand how . rocky planets like mars and earth were . formed and why the two planets are so . different 4. 5 billion years later today . we have team coverage from nasa's joshua . finch torrey mcclendon blair allen chris . gersh and franklin fitzgerald who are . with launch teams across the air force . base insight is flying on united launch . alliances atlas five 401 configuration . and has a to our launch window starting . at 405 this morning pacific time or 7:05 . eastern time this means that launch . teams have two hours from to liftoff . from space launch complex 3 at . vandenberg air force base in sight is . set to land on november 26 in the . elysium lanisha region of mars which is . about 373 miles from the gale crater . where nasa's curiosity rover touched . down in august 2012 after insight lands . it will spend seven hundred and twenty . eight days or a little over a martian . year studying the planets interior . insight will be the red planet's first. thorough checkup since it formed 4. 5 . billion years ago insight will take the . vital signs of mars specifically its . pulse its temperature and its reflexes . after the spacecraft's roughly six month . journey to mars it will begin its . landing phase insight enters the martian . atmosphere traveling at 13,000 . 200 miles per hour and deploys its . parachute and ultimately slows down to . about 5 miles per hour . for touchdown one minute later insight . will begin its surface operations. checking out the landers health . indicators and then deploying its solar. arrays it will take about ten weeks to . place all the instruments on the ground. about seven weeks later it will sink . itself hammering heat probe about 10 to. 16 feet into the martian soil there are . also two briefcase sized cube sets known . as mars cube one or marco hitching a . ride on today's mission as a part of a . nasa technology demonstration mission . marco a and marco b will deploy from the . second stage of the atlas 5 about a . minute after insight separates and will . then fly toward mars we are now about 30 . minutes away from today's launch let's . check in with nasa's joshua finch in the . mission director center for a status on . today's launch and a weather update josh . thank you very much stephanie i'm in the . mission directors center at vandenberg . air force base inside of that last . launch control at the remote launch . control center nasa launch manager tim . dunn and united launch alliance launch . director luma and jerry are working . through their step stay with the . countdown toward liftoff the entire . launch team began on riving on console a. few hours ago and are working through . the necessary steps we are expecting to . receive a weather report from the us air . force a 30th space wing located at . vandenberg in just about 30 seconds and . we'll bring that to you the weather team . looks into a hole in sight a hole inside . of weather related details such as wind . speed cloud coverage potential for . lightning in the surrounding area and . even solar weather which launch teams . need to know before committing to launch . tonight's launch is a collaborative. effort between nasa united launch . alliance and the united states air force . and that briefings in about five seconds . and we'll listen in attention on the . weather conference set standby for the . weather briefing. all stations acknowledge elbow l rc rc . ld ld . nlm in elimb fld od od but look we . pulling a s ld nothing heard l well . provides latest l 0 status for safety . and launch agency constraints with . probabilities of violations this is the . elbow for range safety weather is green . with the t 0 pov of 0% with no areas of . concern the launch agency weather is . green with the t 0 pov of 0% with no . areas of concern the overall pov is 0% . with no areas of concern the pov for the . scrub day t0 is 80% with an area of . concern for range safety launch . visibility this concludes my brief ello . indicates clear to proceed all stations. report questions or acknowledged elbow . elbow rc rc ld ld n lm in olympia afl d . od od flick but with her conference that . clear and as you just heard that was the . launch weather officer from the 30th . space wing lieutenant williams giving . launch teams that our final weather . briefing before tonight's launch there . is a zero percent probability of . violation for tonight's launch the only . concerns initially were a launch . visibility as you can see on your screen . when showing the rocket there is a lot . of fog in the area an area of marine fog . sort of settling around the paddle . though that's not a constraint for . launch tonight so good news for the . launch teams as i mentioned this is a . collaborative effort between nasa united. launch alliance and the us air force the . air force not only briefs the launch . teams of weather which could impact . launch but they also keep the launch . team aware of other considerations on . the western range including telemetry . public safety and update teams about . colas kohl's is in reference to . collision avoidance analysis done by the . us air force team one of the . considerations is objects in space for . example other satellites around earth . that could be in the flight path of. atlas within this to our launch window . there could have been cutouts . we're launch teams would not have been . able to live . however this analysis is complete and we . have no cut outs due to colas during our . launch window tonight right now you're . looking at a live view of the launchpad . space launch complex 3e and the atlas 5 . and its 401 configuration the atlas 5 is . a two-stage rocket and the number 401 . indicates a couple of key features about . the rocket that will power nasa's . insight on its journey to mars the 4 . indicates a four meter fairing inside . that protective cover at the top of the . rocket is where the spacecraft destined . to study the interior of mars is tucked . away the zero indicates the number of . solid rocket motors in this case there . are no solid rocket boosters for this . mission and the one indicates a single . engine centaur upper stage thus the 401 . space launch complex 3 is united launch . alliance is at west coast launch pad for. the atlas 5 at space launch complex 3 . launch vehicle integration testing . spacecraft mate and integration. operations happen in a mobile service . tower just beyond midnight the mobile . service tower was rolled back to its . parking position approximately 250 feet . southeast of the rocket this will be the . 15th atlas 5 launch from space launch . complex 3 right now we're at t-minus 11 . minutes 27 seconds all fueling . operations are underway the house 5 . booster is being filled with liquid . oxygen and rp1 a rocket great kerosene . that field will power the first stages . rd-180 engine producing more than eight . hundred and sixty thousand pounds of . thrust of theft off the centaur upper . stage is also being filled with liquid . oxygen and liquid hydrogen the centaur . upper stage is powered by a single . aerojet rocketdyne rl 10 c engine things . are progressing toward liftoff for 405 . a. m. pacific we do have a two-hour . window for tonight's launch attempt . should launch attempts for the teams . need more time liftoff times are . available in 5 min increments throughout . the window so what's going on and while . we follow the action here from atlas. launch control. we'll go back to you stephanie thanks . josh exploring mars helps us understand . how our solar system was created and how . planets evolve joining us now is nasa's . chris kirsch he's standing by with nasa . chief scientist jim green who can tell . us more about why we study mars chris . thanks stephanie. jim we're here at vandenberg air force . base on the west coast and the cool . thing is we're talking about a mars . mission now that an interplanetary . mission something that's going to leave . the gravity of the earth now what . happens is vandenberg's great for. putting spacecraft into polar orbit we . fire straight south and that way it goes . over the ocean goes under the south pole . comes up on the other side of the earth . and then takes this me left and heads on . out to mars how cool is that that is . cool you know and you've been you've . been studying mars for a long time used. to be the marsh program manager and now . we have insight and for the first time . we're going to be looking at the vital . signs underneath the planet right a . little bit more about that well indeed . it has some spectacular instruments you . know like the size set of magnets . sorry size a set of seismic measurements . it's already late for me it's a blob but . you flop it down on the surface and and . you measure them you know some of the . most sensitive marsquakes around now we . know mars is quaking not only do we see . avalanches from orbit like with mro but . also craters new craters come up and and . when mars gets hammered like that it's . got to be quaking so seismic waves will . be seen that's for sure and then we'll . tease out what the structure of the . interior structure of mars is how big is . it its core whether that core is liquid . or at least an outer layer how big is . the mantle and the crust how do you take . all that data we're looking at the vital . signs . we have maven who's study
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