The InSight mission for planet Mars fills a longstanding gap in the scientific exploration of the solar system by performing, for the first time, an in-situ investigation of the interior of a truly Earthlike planet other than our own. InSight provides unique and critical information about the fundamental processes of terrestrial planet formation and evolution.
InSight's main objective is to improve our knowledge onto the earliest history of the processes that shaped Mars. To this end it is studying the size, thickness, density and overall structure of the planet's core, mantle, and crust. The InSight Lander has deployed three instruments on the surface of Mars to take the first-ever in-depth look at the planet's internal activity. The three instruments are:
More information about InSight can be found here.
InSight was first pre-selected out of 28 submitted mission proposals along with two other proposals for a study (Phase A), which was conducted during 2011 and ended with the Concept Study Report in March 2012. In August 2012 NASA has selected InSight for its next Discovery Program. The Insight spacecraft was launched on May 5 2018, and landed on Mars six months later on November 26 2018.
AEIL is responsible for the seismometer acquisition electronics, the power generation and an electronic box (SEIS-EBX) of the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) instrument. In addition, AEIL is the system integrator of all other electronics inside the SEIS-EBX.
AEIL collaborates on the SEIS instrument with the following institutes:
Currently, the SEIS instrument has been successfully deployed on Mars surface and it is recording Mars earthquakes.