“Nobody at BU is more fascinated than Paul Withers, a College of Arts & Sciences associate professor of astronomy and an expert on all things Mars. He is leading an experiment on NASA’s MAVEN orbiter around Mars, a spacecraft that will relay InSight’s data back to Earth. InSight will be the first craft to use a robotic arm to place scientific instruments on the surface of Mars.
“I’m tremendously excited to see InSight land on Mars!” Withers wrote in an email. “Studies of earthquakes on Earth have revealed so much about how Earth is structured and how Earth’s interior works, and InSight’s seismometer is going to do the same for another planet for the first time. Regardless of whether or not the interior of Mars turns out to be very similar to that of Earth, one thing is certain: there will be plenty of surprises and unexpected discoveries to amaze us all.”
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