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  1. NASA AND CNES EXTEND INSIGHT MISSION AND FRENCH SEIS SEISMOMETER OPERATIONS ON MARS

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    January 21, 2021

    NASA has extended its InSight mission on Mars for two years, running through December 2022, with a high level of funding from NASA and from CNES for the French (SEIS seismometer) and international contributions it is coordinating.

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  3. A SURPRISING FIRST YEAR OF SCIENCE FROM THE MARS INSIGHT MISSION

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    February 24, 2020

    A new understanding of Mars is beginning to emerge from the first year of NASA's InSight lander mission. Findings described in a set of six papers published today reveal a planet alive with quakes, dust devils and strange magnetic pulses

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  4. France-United States space cooperation- French science on Mars- InSight lands on Mars with French SEIS seismometer

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    November 27, 2018

    Monday 26 November at 20:54 CET, InSight (INterior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) landed on Mars with the French SEIS seismometer (Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure), the mission’s main instrument, in the western portion of Elysium Planitia. Launched on the night of 5 May from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, InSight is now all set to begin its two-year mission to probe the red planet’s deep interior and attempt to answer the question taxing the minds of planetologists everywhere: Mars may have been habitable, but did it ever actually support life?

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  5. What do we know about Mars’ interior?

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    November 26, 2018

    The first missions to reach the surface of Mars date back 40 years, but many mysteries still lie beneath its top layer of iron oxide. To delve deeper into the red planet, the InSight lander is carrying a system able to drill down to five metres and sound Mars’ surface over a radius of thousands of kilometres. Following its arrival on Mars, we talk about what we already know and what we hope to discover there with CNES’s Francis Rocard, head of Solar System Exploration programmes, and Philippe Laudet, SEIS project leader for InSight and head of the agency’s Astronomy and Astrophysics programme.

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  6. World first- French SEIS seismometer up and running on Mars

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    January 9, 2019

    The InSight mission’s SEIS seismometer, deployed on the surface of Mars by a robotic arm on 19 December 2018, was successfully tested out on 1st January.

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  7. French SEIS seismometer deployed on Mars

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    December 20, 2018

    InSight has successfully set down the SEIS seismometer (Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure) on the surface of the red planet. While this operation only took 45 minutes, teams had been meticulously planning it for more than seven days.

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  10. SEIS instrument integration under way

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    May 23, 2017

    The SEIS seismometer was received in Toulouse and will soon be studying Mars’s interior structure

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  12. CNES and NASA on Mars- SEIS seismometer for InSight mission delivered to Toulouse Space Centre

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    July 23, 2015

    Monday 20 July, the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP1) and contractor Sodern delivered the SEIS Mars seismometer to CNES. SEIS is a titanium sphere housing three very-broad-band seismic sensors that form the core of the instrument. Once on the surface of Mars, these miniaturized sensors packed with technology will detect even the smallest seismic waves to determine if there is any seismic activity on the Red Planet. SEIS is the result of a close 10-year collaboration between CNES and IPGP that is set to depart on NASA’s InSight mission to Mars on 4 March 2016.

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