NASA InSight Mission to Mars

The NASA InSight Mars Mission is a part of NASA’s Discovery Program dedicated to solar system exploration. NASA’s quest is to explore the mysteries of Mars’ deep interior of crust, mantle, and core. This will help scientists answer geophysical questions about the structure, composition, and formation of all four of the rocky planets in the solar system - Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.

Insight Launch The InSight Mars Mission began under pre-dawn skies from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the coast of California on May 5, 2018, but the launch was only the beginning of NASA’s journey to Mars. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, traveled for six months and covered 301 million miles of space, before approaching the Martian atmosphere. NASA anticipates that the lander will reach Mars’ surface on November 26, 2018.

Insight Landing




From Lift-off to Landing learn more about the
NASA InSight Mars Mission

Estes is also committed to science exploration! At Estes, we craft model rockets that are designed to ignite a passion for creativity, exploration, and innovation in current hobby enthusiasts and the next generation of budding STEM scientists and engineers.

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