Alright, issue #2, we’re still doing this! Big thanks to everyone for taking the plunge and signing up right at the start. And thanks for the plug, Jake
This past week saw the publicity machine around NASA’s Mars InSight mission
ramp up, which is now scheduled for a May 5th launch, and due to arrive later this year on November 26th. Hey, that’s my birthday! Initially, it was supposed to take off back in March 2o16, but the launch was pushed back, because of a vacuum issue with the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) instrument. InSight is a lander, designed to study the interior and subsurface of Mars.
Meanwhile, the latest arrival at Mars, the European ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has finally completed it’s aerobraking maneuver
, which it began all the way back in October 2016 and is almost in the right orbit to begin observations. Talk about taking your time!
Finally, the newly revived US National Space Council, under VP Mike Pence met February 21st
for the second time since being reconstituted by President Trump under the theme ‘Moon, Mars, and Worlds Beyond: Winning the Next Frontier’.
That’s it for the highlights. Check all the week’s Mars news below in detail and share newsletter love
with a space fan friend, if you’re so inclined. I’d sure appreciate it!
PS: What a shame there’s no Mars emoji! We’ll have to do with the tomato one for now. 👨🚀🚀🍅