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
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.