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VECA Holds Watch-party for Mars InSight Landing

InSight’s two-year mission will be to study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all celestial bodies with rocky surfaces, including Earth and the Moon, formed. InSight (short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) won't be looking for life on Mars. But studying its insides — what it's made of, how that material is layered and how much heat seeps out of it — could help scientists better understand how a planet's starting materials make it more or less likely to support life. (Potter, S.)