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post May 4 2018, 02:24 AM
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Hey, all. InSight is currently scheduled to launch on 5 May/1100 GMT. This thread is for discussion of that event, and this new subform is for all new mission-related topics.

GO INSIGHT!!!


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post May 4 2018, 03:19 AM
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For those who might watch and aren't aware, in a nutshell, the rocket will begin by heading south, parallel to the coast, towards Baja California. As a Northern Californian, this is contrary to my convenience, but if anyone has the freedom to watch it, you have my envy.
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post May 4 2018, 04:31 AM
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Its countdown live (as of May 5 , 2018), its mission (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport).

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post May 5 2018, 11:06 AM
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LIFTOFF!
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post May 5 2018, 11:20 AM
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SECO 1. She's in orbit.


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post May 5 2018, 11:24 AM
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I have a question about EDL of InSight:
Will be a live feed directly from the Insight spacecraft during EDL (via tones like on other landers) or just we have the two cubesats for sending information about landing events ?

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post May 5 2018, 11:43 AM
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I'm trying to remember the Phoenix EDL details, and IIRC it was pretty much just tones, and of course InSight is using the same bus. As you pointed out, however, those cubesats this time should relay much more detailed information so hopefully we might have a data-rich descent similar in some ways to that of Curiosity.

Icing on the cake would be if MRO can image the descent chute on the way down as it did with Phoenix and Curiosity. smile.gif


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post May 5 2018, 12:31 PM
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Escape burn complete. 9 min till spacecraft separation.


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post May 5 2018, 12:41 PM
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Spacecraft separation!

First cubesat deployed...second one as well!

Got three birds inbound to Mars. smile.gif


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post May 5 2018, 12:45 PM
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Looks like DSN AOS starting now... NASA administrator talking now...
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post May 5 2018, 12:57 PM
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Live transmition ended. Signals from InSight received. All is well.
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post May 5 2018, 01:09 PM
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QUOTE (nogal @ May 5 2018, 08:57 AM) *
Live transmition ended. Signals from InSight received. All is well.


Congratulations to the Insight and Atlas teams for a successful launch.
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post May 5 2018, 02:40 PM
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Did they receive telemetry also from the MarCo cubesats ?
I dont see they have contact on DSN Now.
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post May 5 2018, 02:47 PM
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Black hole accretion disk / launch of InSight seen from the air.


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post May 5 2018, 03:48 PM
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Just found this-
They await first signals from the cubesats around 19h UT today - see here
https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/05/03/av-07...-status-center/
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