Atlas V to Launch InSight
Rocket: Atlas V 401
Launch Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Launch Time: 4:05 a.m. PDT
Launch Broadcast: Details to come
Launch Location: Space Launch Complex-3, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Mission Information: NASA’s InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) mission will place a single geophysical lander on Mars to study its deep interior. The two-year InSight mission
seeks to understand the evolutionary formation of rocky planets, including Earth, by investigating the interior structure and processes of Mars. InSight will also investigate the dynamics of Martian tectonic activity and meteorite impacts, which could
offer clues about such phenomena on Earth.
Launch Notes: InSight will be the first interplanetary mission launched from the West Coast, thanks to the performance of the Atlas V rocket, which also will launch two CubeSats. InSight will be the 38th Atlas V rocket to launch in the
401 configuration and the 78th Atlas V to launch since the inaugural flight in 2002. ULA and its heritage rockets have launched every U.S.-led mission to Mars, including the Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity rovers as well as the MAVEN satellite.
Launch Updates: To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321 or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch,
twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch; hashtag #AtlasV.
Go Atlas! Go Centaur! InSight!