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German Mars Mole HP3 Arrives at Red Planet Aboard NASA’s InSight

6 Dec 2018, 08:59 UTC
German Mars Mole HP3 Arrives at Red Planet Aboard NASA’s InSight
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The DLR experiment Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package in operation. (Credit: NASA/JPL/DLR)

The InSight space probe touched down safely on the Elysium Planitia plains of Mars on 26 November 2018 at 20:52:59 CET.
Carrying the DLR experiment HP3 (Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package), the mission will yield fresh insights into how the interior of Mars and rocky planets like Earth are structured and how they have evolved over time.
Focus: Space, exploration, robotics

COLOGNE, Germany (DLR PR) — Just a few weeks from now, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) HP3 Mole will start hammering its way automatically into the subsoil of the Red Planet to measure its inner heat.
“By participating in the InSight mission, Germany is making a major contribution to expanding our knowledge of the Red Planet,” emphasises Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board. “The HP3 experiment is an innovation in the exploration of our neighbouring planet – both scientifically and technologically. It is a view beyond the next horizon.”
The HP3 experiment landed on Mars with NASA’s InSight space probe on 26 November 2018 at 20:52:59 Central European Time. The geophysical observatory travelled almost 500 million kilometres ...

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