Wednesday, February 27, 2019

InSight Lands Praise and a Proclamation from LA County

L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger (center) presented the proclamation to the InSight team, represented by (left to right) Chuck Scott, Tom Hoffman, Bruce Banerdt, Pilar Leon and Christine Szalai. Credit: Patty Rhee

Several members of the Mars InSight team accepted a proclamation on behalf of the mission from L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

"I've always wanted to say this: 'mission accomplished.'" That's how 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger began the presentation. She said, "I want to thank the incredible team at JPL, who has gone above and beyond to really propel Los Angeles County into the future as a leader in science and technology."

InSight Project Manager Tom Hoffman noted that although all five team members present at the ceremony live within Barger's district, the team includes people from all over L.A. County, other states and other countries. Hoffman said he was proud to represent all of them.

"It really takes more than a village to build a spacecraft; it takes an entire planet to build this particular spacecraft," Hoffman said.

InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough checkup since it formed 4 billion years ago. It is the first outer space robotic explorer to study in-depth the "inner space" of Mars: its crust, mantle, and core.

JPL manages InSight for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. InSight is part of NASA's Discovery Program, managed by the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Lockheed Martin Space in Denver built the InSight spacecraft, including its cruise stage and lander, and supports spacecraft operations for the mission.

Credit: JPL

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