NASA team talks upcoming Mars Mission in Santa Maria

Posted at 2:03 AM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-31 12:39:09-04

A team of scientists with NASA’S Insight Mars Mission team is visiting the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum to talk about an upcoming space exploration mission.

The team arrived at the museum Wednesday, on the last stop in a tour through several cities along the central coast. They are displaying a roadshow to explain how a robotic lander they are launching into space will study under Mars’ surface, while using seismology and other geophysical measurements.

The roadshow will be up through Thursday, Visitors can speak with scientists and engineers to learn about the project. 

The Insight mission will be the first deep-interior study of Mars and will help scientists understand what the planet is made of. The Insight launch is scheduled to go off from Vandenberg AFB Saturday morning, if weather conditions allow.

If weather gets in the way, the launch window is expected to remain open through June 8th.