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PV VIII: Plenary Talk
Thursday, September 2, 2021, 09:45–10:30, Audimax
Geophysics in Elysium Planitia - First Year Results from the InSight Mars Mission — •Matthias Grott1, Bruce Banerdt2, Suzanne Smrekar2, Tilman Spohn1, Philippe Lognonne3, Christopher Russel4, Catherine Johnson5, Don Banfield6, Justin Maki2, Matt Golombek2, Domeniko Giradini7, William Pike8, Anna Mittelholz5, Yanan Yu4, and Attilio Rivoldini9 — 1German Aerospace Center, Berlin, Germany — 2Jet Propulson Laboratory, Pasadena, USA — 3IPGP, Paris, France — 4UCLA, Los Angeles, USA — 5University of British Columbia, Canada — 6Cornell University, Ithaca, USA — 7ETHZ, Zürich, Switzerland — 8Imperial College, London, UK — 9Royal Observatory, Brussels, Belgium
On November 26, 2018, NASA's InSight mission landed in Elysium Planitia, Mars, and installed the first geophysical station on the planet. InSight's primary payload consists of a seismometer, a heat flow probe, and a radio tracking experiment to determine the planet's rotational state. In addition, the lander is equipped with a robotic arm that has been used to deploy the seismometer and heat flow probe, two cameras, a radiometer, and an atmospheric and magnetic field package. InSight's primary objectives are to determine the interior structure, composition, and thermal state of Mars, as well as constrain present-day seismicity and impact cratering rates. While the heat flow probe was able to emplace sensors to a depth of 0.37 m only, the seismometer has been successfully installed. Here we will provide a mission overview and report on results obtained during the first year of operations on Mars.