The InSight mission landed on Mars on November 26 2018 in Elysium Planitia with the goal to study the internal structure of that planet. The primary scientific payload is a six-component broad-band seismometer. Several prototypes of that instrument were tested at the Black Forest Observatory (BFO) and the staff of BFO was also involved in evaluating and calibrating the seismometer that is currently in operation on the surface of Mars. I will report on the different stages of that mission before and after the launch and on the difficulties encountered during deployment and operation of the seismometer. Some preliminary scientific results will also be presented.
InSight - a geophysical observatory on Mars and how we got there.
Dr. Rudolf Widmer-Schnidrig (BFO)