||Pre-project planning includes Phase A, in which InSight completes its concept and requirements definition. Phase B includes preliminary design and technology development.
|Science Definition and Instrument Selection:
||NASA selects a team of scientists to propose mission objectives and desired capabilities. The scientific community proposes instruments capable of meeting mission objectives.
|Final Design and Fabrication:
||The InSight mission team builds parts of the lander and its spacecraft in Phase C.
|Landing Site Selection:
||InSight will land in Elysium Planitia, an equatorial plain. Its purpose is to study the interior of Mars, which requires a smooth, flat surface chosen for its safety considerations.
|Assembly and Testing:
||Engineers assemble and test the InSight spacecraft at Lockheed Martin in Denver, CO (Phase D).
|Shipping the Spacecraft to Vandenberg Air Force Base:
||The InSight lander journeys from its Denver birthplace to California in preparation for launch.
|Assembly and Testing at Vandenberg Air Force Base:
||Once InSight arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base, the mission team has considerable work to prepare the spacecraft for final assembly and launch.