Our InSight mission will place a fixed science outpost on Mars to study its deep interior. Findings and research from this project will address one of the most fundamental questions we have about planetary and solar system science – How in the world did these rocky planets form?
By investigating the interior structure and processes of Mars, the InSight mission will gain a better understanding of the evolutionary formation of planets, including Earth.
InSight will record Mars’ vital signs to learn more about the planet, including:
A seismometer will be used to record the seismic activity on Mars. This will give us information on the crust, mantel and core; and the relationship between them.
A heat flow probe will be used to take Mars’ temperature and determine the change over the course of a full Martian year.
By looking at how the rotation of Mars wobbles, we will better understand what the core size may be and its composition.
Launch for the InSight mission is scheduled for March 2016, and even though you can’t physically travel with the lander, you can send your name to the Red Planet onboard. Make sure to submit your name before Sept. 8!
The NF-15B ACTIVE is the most
maneuverable of any F-15 variant, but she didn’t start out that way.
This airframe, originally designated the TF-15B (USAF serial number
71-0290), looked much like a typical F-15. She took her first flight
on July 7, 1973, as the first two-seat F-15 in history and the sixth
F-15 to roll off the assembly line.
On September 7, 1988, she would
have her “second first flight” following major modifications as
the STOL/MTD (Short Takeoff and Landing/Maneuver Technology
Demonstrator). Modified F-18 stabilators were put in place forward of
the wing as canards. Thrust vectoring in the pitch axis was also
implemented, allowing takeoff rotation at only 39 knots and drastically
shorter landing distances.
In 1991, the STOL/MTD test program
ended, and the USAF loaned the airframe to NASA, who modified it into
the NF-15B ACTIVE (Advanced Control Technology for Integrated
Vehicles). The pitch thrust vectoring was traded for nozzles that
could be vectored in pitch and yaw. This allowed for
incredible maneuverability. The bird could perform yawing maneuvers
while flying at 30 degrees angle of attack.
Although never implemented, there
were plans to further modify this airframe by removing the vertical
tail planes, allowing thrust vectoring to be wholly responsible for
yawing maneuvers. This would have been called the F-15 MANX, named
after the naturally tailless cat.
After decades of serving NASA
Dryden Flight Research Center (now NASA Armstrong) as a successful
experimental testbed for many different test programs, the NF-15
ACTIVE took its final flight in January 2009. On this last flight,
she was the oldest still flying F-15. In July of 2015, she was put on static display at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force
Interesting mission patches for the would-be Apollo 18 and 19 missions. I’m not sure how official they were, but not counting the Apollo/Soyuz or Skylab missions, the Apollo moon missions ended with 17.
(12 Nov. 1966) — Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., pilot of the Gemini-12 spaceflight, took this picture of the Gemini-12 spacecraft during standup extravehicular activity (EVA) with the hatch open. This is a view looking forward showing the adapter section. Photo credit: NASA
I love space so much. I want to be thrown into a black hole so that my entire body can be torn apart and broken down into molecules that are torn apart into atoms that are torn apart I just want to be a bunch of stuff floating in space. nasa who do I call?