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InSight launches to Mars as the first interplanetary mission from the West Coast

NASA's Mars InSight launch on early Saturday marks the start of another trip to the red planet for th
InSight launches to Mars as the first interplanetary mission from the West Coast
By Joost Schuur • Issue #12 • View online
NASA’s Mars InSight launch on early Saturday marks the start of another trip to the red planet for the agency. Between the fog and the early launch window, many who came ended up hearing it more than seeing it. Both NASA and ULA have a launch recap video up, for those who couldn’t be there (or close enough) in person.
If you missed any of the action live, you can watch parts 1 and 2 of the entire JPL webcast on YouTube (or check out EveryDay Astronaut’s live stream).
The probe has successfully left Earth orbit and is now on a long, 485 million mile trajectory to Mars, where it will arrive later this year on November 26th (hey, that’s my birthday!).
Until then, why not curl up with a new Mars themed book? Life on Mars: What to Know Before We Go by astronomy professor David Weintraub releases May 8th and tells the complete story of the quest to answer one of the most tantalizing questions in astronomy.
And if  you’re looking for something a little more lighthearted, My Astronaut is a mockumentary about aspiring astronauts competing for a spot on a private Mars mission. The first episode launched last week.
PS  I haven’t really expanded Martian Soil onto Instagram, but if you want to follow Mars content there, check out the people tagged on this post about their Mars VR crowdfunding project. 

Exploration
InSight's on its Atlas V rocket after tower separation, via Loren Gush
InSight's on its Atlas V rocket after tower separation, via Loren Gush
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Challenges of Getting to Mars | #AskAbby | The Mars Generation - YouTube
Beautiful Mars
Bedrock on a Crater Floor
Bedrock on a Crater Floor
Science & Tech
Rare Metals on Mars and Earth Point to Colossal Impacts
Unsaturated Soils On Mars And Their Role In Mars Colonization From A Geotechnical Point Of View
Mars Society Launches Kickstarter to Create MarsVR Crew Training Program
Space Policy
Mars Anlog
Popular Culture
How the Surviving Mars devs built a city-builder on a barren planet
Misc
Aspiring Astronaut Abigail Harrison Wants to be the First Person on Mars
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