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Guests: John Batchelor, Bruce Banerdt, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Mars Insight Lander. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm. Please note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.
John Batchelor and I welcomed the PI of the Mars InSight Lander team, Bruce Banerdt of JPL for a two segment Hotel Mars discussion of the lander and the InSight project. During our two part discussion, our guest gave us an overview of the project, we discussed the various Mars InSight instruments, we talked about the Mars core and drilling into Mars, seismic information on Mars, the Martian winds, sound on Mars, the InSight arm and the fact that the lander was different from the rovers in that it does not move during the mission. Also discussed in detail were the larger than normal solar panels on the lander and how this might contribute to the lander's resistance to Martian dust storms like the one that swept Mars for months earlier this year. Before we ended the InSight discussion, Bruce talked about the planned InSight timeline, saying it was a planned two year mission but weather and solar energy permitting, InSight had the potential to last a very long time.
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