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🚀🍅Mars InSight hits the spotlight and ESA's ExoMars TGO is finally in position

Alright, issue #2, we're still doing this! Big thanks to everyone for taking the plunge and signing u
🚀🍅Mars InSight hits the spotlight and ESA's ExoMars TGO is finally in position
By Joost Schuur • Issue #2 • View online
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. 👨‍🚀🚀🍅

Beautiful Mars, by HiRISE
A Layered Mound in Juventae Chasma
A Layered Mound in Juventae Chasma
Mars Analog
Mock Mars Mission Suspended Due to Crewmember Accident
The crew 187 of the Mars Desert Research Station started their shift this week, with a sprinkling of snow:
MDRS Supaéro Crew
SOL 1 : A first step on Mars
The door is closed, the mission is finally beginning ! First day and first EVA ! Gabriel and Jérémy are looking for a place to set their experiments.
Here are all the details of the exciting SOL 1 : https://t.co/6pIPVdSNdj https://t.co/SRCJIUo9DX
10:39 AM - 20 Feb 2018
A sprinkling of snow on "Mars", the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah
A sprinkling of snow on "Mars", the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah
Researchers Recreate Clay Minerals Found on Mars
Exploration
Seven Ways Mars InSight is Different
NASA planetary protection officer suggests loosening limits on exploring Mars for life
The Mars 2020 Rover
…and the companion video from Fraser Cain:
What Has The Curiosity Rover Discovered? A Collaboration With Joe Scott - YouTube
What Has The Curiosity Rover Discovered? A Collaboration With Joe Scott - YouTube
Could Baton Rouge teen Alyssa Carson end up on the first human mission to Mars?
Opportunity's sol 5000 self-portrait
NASA Satellite Began Its Mars Odyssey 16 Years Ago
ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter completes aerobraking - YouTube
ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter completes aerobraking - YouTube
Science & Tech
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to reveal secrets of the Red Planet
NASA deal will see Australian company build Mars rover
Could the X3 ion thruster propel us to Mars?
Mars in a Minute: What's Inside Mars? - YouTube
Mars in a Minute: What's Inside Mars? - YouTube
So You Thought We Could Terraform Mars Quickly?
How to Build a Rocket to Mars, from Boeing
How to Build a Rocket to Mars, from Boeing
Popular Culture
The Red Rush
Space Policy
NASA Mars exploration efforts turn to operating existing missions and planning sample return
Getting to Mars, as envisioned by Wernher von Braun on 1954
Getting to Mars, as envisioned by Wernher von Braun on 1954
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