41 – Thirty Years to the Centre of Mars (feat. Bruce Banerdt, Philippe Lognonné & Tim Linn)
Published May 9, 2018
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    NASA's InSight mission, a lander to study the interior of Mars, lifted off from California on May 5th, 2018. For the scientists working on this geophysics mission, it's been a long time coming. Jake travels down to Vandenberg to "see" the launch, and gets behind the scenes to hear the true story of this mission, thirty years in the making. Jake is joined by InSight Principal Investigator Bruce Banerdt, SEIS instrument Principal Investigator Philippe Lognonné, and Lockheed Martin Deputy Project Manager for InSight, Tim Linn.
    We Discuss NASA's InSight Mission

    The InSight website
    The Verge Science Launch Video
    1991's Mars Global Network Mission Paper (incl author Banerdt)
    1992's Intermarsnet (incl authors Banerdt and Lognonné)
    1999's Netlander (incl author Lognonné)
    2003 Planetary Sciences Decadal Survey
    2010 Mission Concept Study, Mars Geophysical Network
    2010 MGN Options Study (InSight was originally option "G")
    2013 Planetary Sciences Decadal Survey
    2011 Discovery Finalists Announced (incl. GEMS, which became InSight)
    2011 JPL Changes name of GEMS to InSight
    2012 InSight selected as Discovery 12
    2015 SEIS leak delays launch of InSight

    Previous Coverage of InSight

    Episode 2: Every Twenty Six Months (covers InSight's delay from 2016)
    Episode 36: Systems Engineering InSight (feat. Farah Alibay, Payload Systems Engineer)

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