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InSight launch

At 4:05 am (Pacific time) on Saturday May 5, the Atlas V rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, sending the InSight probe to Mars.

InSight launch

Publication date: 05/05/2018

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Related observatories : InSight Observatory

This launch, the first from the west coast of the United States for a planetary mission, was followed by the scientific teams, as well as numerous media and enthusiasts from all over the world (despite the morning mist preventing any direct visibility of the lift-off).

InSight, sheltered in the cruise stage, is now separated from its launcher and on its trajectory towards the Red Planet, which it should reach at the end of November 2018. The SEIS seismometer should therefore send its first Martian seismic data before the end of the year.

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