As most of you know, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is scheduled to land their latest probe on Mars today. Their last post about it was a day ago: NASA’s InSight Is One Day Away from Mars. Here’s one excerpt:
Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, which leads the mission, are preparing for the spacecraft to enter the Martian atmosphere, descend with a parachute and retrorockets, and touch down tomorrow [i.e., today] at around noon PST (3 p.m. EST). InSight — which stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport — will be the first mission to study the deep interior of Mars.
Lots of TV stations should be covering the landing, but you can also watch NASA’s broadcast here.
Creationists have been silent so far, but they’re probably hoping the mission will be a failure. Why? A few weeks ago, PhysOrg posted: Five things to know about InSight’s Mars landing, which says, with our bold font for emphasis:
InSight will teach us about the interior of planets like our own. The mission team hopes that by studying the deep interior of Mars, we can learn how other rocky worlds, including Earth and the Moon, formed. Our home planet and Mars were molded from the same primordial stuff more than 4.5 billion years ago but then became quite different. Why didn’t they share the same fate?
When it comes to rocky planets, we’ve only studied one in detail: Earth. By comparing Earth’s interior to that of Mars, InSight’s team members hope to better understand our solar system. What they learn might even aid the search for Earth-like exoplanets, narrowing down which ones might be able to support life. So while InSight is a Mars mission, it’s also much more than a Mars mission.
So now we wait — and so do the creationists — albeit with different expectations. The more we learn, the unhappier they are, and we always find that amusing.
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