may, 2018

05may11:05Atlas V • InSight

Event Details

Launch Date: May 5, 2018
Launch Window: 11:05-13:05 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401
Launch Operator: United Launch Alliance
Launch Site: SLC-3E Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Payload: InSight
Payload Type: Mars Exploration Lander for Geophysics
Payload Operator: NASA


A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch NASA’s InSight mission on a trajectory for landing on Mars in November 2018 to begin a mission of at least two years using a suite of instruments to study the planet’s interior to better understand the processes the shaped the rocky planets of the solar system, including our own. The mission has the full name of “Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport” and employs the overall design of the 2008 Phoenix Mars Lander with a payload suite comprising a high-fidelity seismometer, a self-penetrating heat-flow probe and a rotation and interior structure experiment. InSight is targeting a landing in Elysium Planitia.


The InSight Mission was delayed from the 2016 interplanetary launch window due to a critical fault discovered on the lander’s primary seismic instrument. To send InSight on its way, Atlas V will be flying in its basic 401 configuration without boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.


Mission Resources:

Mission Updates

? InSight: Mission OverviewSpacecraft & PlatformInstruments

? Secondary Payloads: MarCO CubeSats

? Launch Vehicle Overview:  Atlas V 401

Countdown Timeline

Launch Weather

? Launch Site Schedule


(Saturday) 11:05 UTC


Space Launch Complex 3E

Vandenberg AFB Space Launch Complex 3 - East, Lompoc, CA, United States