Why NASA Is Sending An $850 Million Hammer To Mars

  • Published on Nov 18, 2018
  • NASA is sending an $850 million lander to Mars. Using a drill to dig deeper into the planet than ever before, Insight will be the first of its kind to study Mars’ interior. This mission will help us learn more about the origins of our solar system.
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    Following is the transcript of the video:
    NASA's about to break new ground like never before, by sending a giant drill to Mars. It's the largest drill NASA has ever sent to space, and it will dig deeper into Mars than ever before. The mission? Uncover clues to one of the most outstanding mysteries in our solar system.
    NASA's $850 million InSight Lander is the first designed to study the interior structure of Mars. Until now, NASA's landers mainly focused on exploring Mars' surface for signs of potential life. They've touched down near volcanoes, valleys, and canyons. But InSight won't be going anywhere like that, since InSight is not a rover and can't move around. NASA has one shot to land it in the perfect spot, here! Elysium Planitia, sometimes referred to as the biggest parking lot on Mars. It's one of the plainest spots NASA could find and the perfect place for InSight. For one, it's close to the equator, guaranteeing the solar panels that power InSight's instruments will work year-round for its nearly two-year mission. But most importantly, that smooth surface will make it easier for InSight's drill to bore deep into the Martian soil.
    The drill works like a motorized nail, hammering itself into the ground. Over the course of 40 days, the drill will reach 16 feet into the planet. That's roughly the length of a car. For comparison, NASA's Curiosity Rover only dug about half an inch deep. That's the length of an aspirin pill. As InSight digs, it will occasionally shoot out bursts of heat. By calculating how quickly that heat warms the ground around it, InSight can measure the chemical makeup of the soil. But InSight's drill pulls double duty. As it hammers away, it also sends vibrations through the ground, which are sensitive to different layers that might be hiding under the surface. For example, if Mars has underground lava flows, those vibrations will find them. But this only gives NASA clues to the shallower layers of Mars. To understand the deep inner core, InSight has another tool that will measure how much Mars wobbles on its axis. It works similar to an egg. If you spin an uncooked egg, the liquid yolk will slosh around making the egg wobble. But if the inside is cooked, there's less wobble. Similarly, how much Mars wobbles can tell us whether its core is molten liquid or solid metal.
    And all these clues can help scientists solve a bigger mystery of how rocky planets like Mars and Earth formed in the first place. By studying the interior of Mars, scientists can get a better grasp on how Mars has evolved over billions of years from a warm, wet world to the desolate landscape it is today. But there's an even bigger objective on the horizon. Ultimately, the more we know about our own solar system, the better we get at searching for other planets beyond our solar system that may have the potential to harbor life.
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    Why NASA Is Sending An $850 Million Hammer To Mars
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  • Joseph W
    Joseph W 3 days ago

    Science doesn't solve shit, hence the necessity of 'sending' a hammer to Mars *cough*
    NASA needs to have another excuse for the millions they receive each day, while providing nothing that cannot be produced on my computer to show.
    I WANT TELEMETRY DATA from these lying mofos!

  • Debra
    Debra 25 days ago

    They should spent 850 million on ocean reserch something that could benefit us now

  • Genipsis Space Agency
    Genipsis Space Agency 26 days ago

    You can say they can see Insight. Ok fine. Let's say the area is InSight

  • Rose Reyes
    Rose Reyes 27 days ago

    I can dig down 40 feet send me instead

  • RoBoVader
    RoBoVader Month ago

    If a bit of the military budget was put into NASA we'd already be on Mars smoking pot or some other dumb shit.

  • FACKO SIKE msp
    FACKO SIKE msp Month ago

    You crazy NASA to much money. Do you want waste all yall money just that drill for mars...?

  • FACKO SIKE msp
    FACKO SIKE msp Month ago

    I saw a video that mars belong to aliens.

  • OfficialMusicD2
    OfficialMusicD2 Month ago

    When they sending it out ?

  • Mars
    Mars Month ago

    Why are you trying to hurt me :(

  • Authur Outlaw
    Authur Outlaw Month ago

    I'm just waiting until Mother gets a distress signal,and Ash send them
    In the wrong direction of the Face Hugger's 😜😜😜😜

  • A Snail
    A Snail Month ago

    My names on that

  • Sahil Jassal
    Sahil Jassal Month ago

    Why they just don't send that drill to the moon to verify the empty moon theory ?

  • Hades
    Hades Month ago

    cuz their mama gay

  • The Goat Person
    The Goat Person Month ago +2


  • Carl Esq
    Carl Esq Month ago

    Load of old bollox

  • Mark Jacobs
    Mark Jacobs Month ago

    Where’s the sickle

  • Nitin K
    Nitin K Month ago +1

    If NASA exploded a bomb there would be much more beneficial.

  • High school Hottie
    High school Hottie 2 months ago

    dear scientists: please fix earth first, perfect deep geothermal powerplants, shut off and illegalize burning fossile fuels here, on earth ------------ we need a home that will be livable in 20 years -------- please help us, your earthland sisters and brothers

  • Aphyrius
    Aphyrius 2 months ago

    Just send me there.. Lemme dig.

  • Zara Jerusalem
    Zara Jerusalem 2 months ago

    Why white people like to destroy everything?if they Attack others country also they stealing everything valuable things like Gold from those country.I scared MARS also not safe from them.Those planets not only belong to white people.Pls don’t make God mad!

  • When Gamer
    When Gamer 2 months ago +1

    Stop Digging straight down or you'll end up in lava

  • Bartosz Moskwa
    Bartosz Moskwa 2 months ago


  • giggleherz
    giggleherz 2 months ago

    And this is a wheel on the rover its rounded shape helps it to drive on the surface kinda of like the Ken barbie doll car. Do you all remember your barbie car its the same thing only it drives around mars.
    Our next video will show how barbie and Ken can jump really high on Mars so please like and subscribe.

  • RuiYi GE
    RuiYi GE 2 months ago

    Would be nice if we found OIl on Mars or maybe next time use a military ordinance for a explosion in the soil.

  • brofist soldier
    brofist soldier 3 months ago +1

    They can drill mars

    Why not earth

  • big time socks 12
    big time socks 12 3 months ago +1

    insight will meet the same fate as oppy rip oppy:(

  • J B
    J B 3 months ago

    So, actually who takes th photos from the Rover?

  • Selym
    Selym 3 months ago +1

    Hopefully there is oil so NASA can have more funding to get to Mars and maybe even establish a colony

  • мя. 8B̲̅Λll
    мя. 8B̲̅Λll 4 months ago

    wait one question because i heard that nasa sent the idea to make a self impaling nail all over the world and apparently they took the design from poland? is that true?

  • TG Profesional
    TG Profesional 4 months ago

    iam li tamo inzvanzenmaljaca

  • Jairo Perdomo
    Jairo Perdomo 4 months ago

    Thor wants that hammer

  • Boo Yeah
    Boo Yeah 5 months ago +1

    Poor children like me cannot even afford a ticket to the next city :( my dad can xd

  • Vj lorenzo
    Vj lorenzo 5 months ago

    850 million could help all the homeless veterans & other people that needs help😂😂 but noooo u wanna use it to dig mars 😂 shit give me half of 850 million & ill go dig mars myself 😂

    • Alex Siemers
      Alex Siemers 4 months ago

      We spend 900 million in welfare every six hours in the US.

  • Banana chip
    Banana chip 5 months ago

    It’s a drill not a hammer

  • Benjamin Trif
    Benjamin Trif 5 months ago

    16 feet ? I can piss 20 feet send me to mars all I need is a 2LT of Mountian Dew.

  • Ninja
    Ninja 5 months ago

    India could done this project with $50 million 😂

  • Haraki Youness
    Haraki Youness 5 months ago

    I'll go for 100k , i'll dig with a shovel for lifetime !

  • SpikeMoney
    SpikeMoney 5 months ago

    If there was life in the moutains, or about a mile down there might be life possible

  • Julius Goze
    Julius Goze 5 months ago

    16ft is wasted $850M

  • Julius Goze
    Julius Goze 5 months ago +1

    Send astounauts there and they should bring a battery powered drill

  • Shady’s Craaazy
    Shady’s Craaazy 5 months ago


    • Fred Cink
      Fred Cink Month ago


  • Shady’s Craaazy
    Shady’s Craaazy 5 months ago +1

    I can’t Believe all you idiots actually by this and think it’s real!!! We can’t drill more then 7 miles here on earth to study our own core but somehow magically drilling 16ft down on mars is gonna gives more clues here on earth???? LMFAO OkAY THEN!!!!!

    • Monkey Junkyard
      Monkey Junkyard 3 months ago

      There's no end to the ability to believe NASA'S BS by the gullible idiots. Hell, they believe SpaceX launched a Testla Roadster driven buy a mannequin to an asteroid belt.
      NASA could literally say they've figured out how to harness the power of the human fart...directing the foul blast downward towards the Earth's surface.... propelling a human into orbit....and possibly beyond. And these Nastards would buy it.
      Common sense is hard to find these days. Uncle Jack was right. They can't handle the truth.

    • Alex Siemers
      Alex Siemers 4 months ago

      Seismology. Look it up

  • Sipho Ndhlovu
    Sipho Ndhlovu 5 months ago

    Make up your mind. Is it a hammer or drill?

  • Ahmed Ur Rahman
    Ahmed Ur Rahman 5 months ago

    Knew it was insight. BTW insight landed on mars

  • maz shaun
    maz shaun 5 months ago

    LMFAO! You people really believe this NASA mars cartoon BS?? Listen up and wake up! No one has ever been close to getting into space! No man or any nasa probe can even get to space let alone going to Moon or Mars. Rover on Mars?? Again, LMFAO! You've all been duped BigTime folks. Watch one of Many Vids below and also Research Flat Earth without Prejudice.

  • Storm Shadow
    Storm Shadow 5 months ago

    Use metric System for god sake!

  • Logan Wong
    Logan Wong 5 months ago +1

    Stop,hammer time

  • 8D Musically
    8D Musically 5 months ago

    Haahaha good luck i’ve already got my robot up there. I got the blueprints of Mars. And boi the material I’ve found there was “642.6” times worth the money here. Over trillion dollars in one gram!! NASA FIND ME IF YOU WANT MY HELP BUT THE MONEY MUST ROLL IN

  • Bilwo Gebrekidan
    Bilwo Gebrekidan 5 months ago

    Haha very nice dreams in nasa it’s normal film more people think they are going to planet they made it by themselves it’s mean it’s movie haha 👨🏼‍💻

  • Surg3 _
    Surg3 _ 5 months ago +4

    I prefer FORTNITE.

  • Mykell Lastname
    Mykell Lastname 5 months ago +6

    Just send Russians they will do it for mother Russia

  • Oh yeah yeah
    Oh yeah yeah 5 months ago +1

    If 19trillion usd
    Have that budget of nasa

  • BB sha pee pee
    BB sha pee pee 5 months ago +2

    If only I could use $850 Million to build a dream PC

    • Jacob Honey
      Jacob Honey 5 months ago

      BB sha pee pee game on a quantum computer

  • zudemaster
    zudemaster 5 months ago

    What else would you do with a $850 million dollar hammer?

    FONZARELi 5 months ago +3

    send a couple of mexicans waiting at a home depot


  • khan is khan
    khan is khan 5 months ago

    Ma shaa Allah
    Subhan Allah
    Name on Nasa galaxy

  • Adnan Andersson
    Adnan Andersson 5 months ago

    They can’t even afford monitors from this century....

  • Juan Arias
    Juan Arias 5 months ago +1

    Smh all theses “space” vids 🤦🏽‍♂️🤢

  • Bob Steenson
    Bob Steenson 5 months ago

    name one time with it's billions of dollars of taxpayer money the US Government scientific space research team(s) has uncovered or discovered anything beneficial to you its citizens --- the answer is 0 (NOTHING) not only that,
    you're actually watching fake computer-generated videos ---
    it's quite laughable how many people are falling for it 😁🤣😂
    the only way that Americans or Humanity can benefit from space exploration is if it's funded by Ordinary People therefore, the Technologies and discoveries will be placed into Manufacturing of goods for the population not kept secret and use for the black military industrial complex ---
    like has been the case for many years.

  • richard chung
    richard chung 5 months ago

    THye couldnt make this thing cheaper
    all it does is sends out vibrations and heat? And that costs 850 million dollars?

  • C J
    C J 5 months ago

    This is al BS, $60 million dollars a day NASA budget to fake space, there's no probes on Mars, its all CGI photoshopped images of Space part of a great deception & guess what? you lot are all buying this rubbish. Don Pettit the astronaut said that he would go back to the moon in a nanosecond however they don't have that technology anymore but apparently we can send rovers to Mars, what a load of bollocks

  • Man Of Your Dreams
    Man Of Your Dreams 5 months ago +1

    waste of tax money

    • Fred Cink
      Fred Cink 5 months ago

      tax money wasted on your failed education is the problem

  • Mess With The Bull You Get The Horns

    I thought it said “$850” dollar hammer

  • thekinghunkar
    thekinghunkar 5 months ago

    If they find any petrol this is not good for alien life 😂😂😂

  • P.R. Mathews
    P.R. Mathews 5 months ago

    O P’s $$$ is easy to spend

  • Tribution
    Tribution 5 months ago

    I wonder if anyone saw this land in the sea? Brainwashed and gullible!

    DINGDONG 5 months ago

    Mars is flat...

  • RingtoneCentral
    RingtoneCentral 5 months ago

    Send a mini excavator and a man

  • Time to get huge!
    Time to get huge! 5 months ago

    I think it's called accounting fraud.....

  • Mister Taveras
    Mister Taveras 5 months ago


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    David Amora 5 months ago


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    Sayyed Shah 5 months ago


  • Ufcfan Maker
    Ufcfan Maker 5 months ago

    From the beginning we already thought that world is flat ,we're just told that the world is round lol

  • Rouell Del Rosario
    Rouell Del Rosario 5 months ago

    I need video from that drone on Mars. But nothing to prove that things are true

  • Learn English
    Learn English 5 months ago

    Because the life span is short in the world.If we find another life in another planet like mars,we could go and live there longer .but there is being said that,there is hereafter with eternity . we dont have to find 'life' in another planets,there is life called "eternity" in hereafter

  • EDUSA Diaz-54
    EDUSA Diaz-54 5 months ago +2

    Send some flying Drones!

  • Bogura TV 1971 বগুড়া টেলিভিশন

    Exploring more planet in universe is amazing. But before doing this we require to confirm all basic need of the human beings in our planet earth. We should remain aware about the reality of this world, where huge number of children, goes to sleep at night in starvation. Before making this type of exploration and extravagant misuse of our wealth, we should recall the face of those poor children, whom we are depriving in the cost of our new horizon of amusement. It is really a food for thinking for all the rationale scientists and policy makers. We can't deprive those future generations against our playful exploration!

  • Ramya N
    Ramya N 5 months ago +1

    I think if we can find why Mars is the way it is now may be we can find out a way to save our earth from becoming like Mars sometime in the far future.

  • Gecko
    Gecko 5 months ago

    Stay away from Glasshouse Mountains in Queensland if you are too faint hearted....and those rumors........are actually true.....

  • Gecko
    Gecko 5 months ago

    If MARS WANT TO KNOW ABOUT YOU they will contact you ........simple as that!!......regardless of whether your Government or Planet want to block that....

  • Gecko
    Gecko 5 months ago

    The great Tragedy about this is that the Martians wouldn't give NASA the time of day.......and maybe we could ask the remote viewers what exactly happened as not only can many of them see into the FUTURE just over the horizon some can even see back into age old History of Earth and other Planets.......for those of us who understand that........NEXUS MAGAZINE for those who don't already know that........all the knowledge they don't want you to know about

  • jsk
    jsk 5 months ago

    Tbh this is a dumb thing to send, just turn the space rover into an excavator

  • jocktheglide
    jocktheglide 5 months ago

    so many references to Matt DAmon #mattdamon I will never udnerstand, Elysium, Mars, rescue mission, discovery, etc....

  • billybifocals
    billybifocals 5 months ago

    nice clickbait title.

  • Alfonso Islas Ochoa
    Alfonso Islas Ochoa 5 months ago

    The space race and the arms race have put at a financial crossroads all the countries of the world ...!, Only one sector of society (engineering and development) benefits to the detriment of most of the country or countries, this about to explode all the financial bubbles at the mundail level ..! because you can no longer finance the enormous tax burden to all the countries of the world ..!

  • Alfonso Islas Ochoa
    Alfonso Islas Ochoa 5 months ago +1

    Surely they are going to connect a hose to the space ship, to bring oil and natural gas from Mars .....!! lol....!!

  • George Smith
    George Smith 5 months ago

    Glad they added 16 feet is as long as a car otherwise I have no idea. An aspirin pill is round and less than 1/2 inch and what they showed is not aspirin.

  • robert jr
    robert jr 5 months ago

    Because they can why not spend tax payers money some times you have to wonder why were so dumb man kind yet we don't fully understand or own planet let's spend all this money up there

  • James Armstrong
    James Armstrong 5 months ago

    hundreds of engineers will be on the edge of their seats chanting Drill baby drill - of course they will fall back to sleep when the visitors leave. The Mars data can be stored next to earth's pile of guesses at our internal structure & movement.

  • Nick Buckingham
    Nick Buckingham 5 months ago

    Video clearly calls it a drill in the first minute yet title calls it a “hammer” lmao desperate for views i see

  • Ian Lanford
    Ian Lanford 5 months ago +1

    theres no life on mars. period.
    just send some ppl willing to die there

  • #Glenn #Quagmire
    #Glenn #Quagmire 5 months ago

    Are kidding me ? So we spent millions of dollars for a hammer to reach ONLY 16 feet underground !!???

  • H. Kim
    H. Kim 5 months ago +1

    850 million for 16 feet? You must be kidding me!

  • Tony Jose Mathew
    Tony Jose Mathew 5 months ago

    I think humans curiosity is taking giant leaps into our understanding of universe. The more we understand, the more we owe at it. I think we are in a way wasting such an amount of money and resources in the wrong direction. Humanity over the years have not stood up for any good cause, while it may have, it was for limited time and not sustained.
    Point is we should invest it on making the life on earth better. We have no other home, at least in our wildest imagination of existence of life elsewhere.

  • Derly Ivan Salazar Pezzoni

    Life extraterrestrial yes us real reality.non from earth.

  • Derly Ivan Salazar Pezzoni

    Yes it is true.i always saying true,yes it true universe cosmos have life extraterrestrial bacterial and biggest akien criature reality.non invrnted alien by u.s.aalien existing reality true whereever cosmos universe are multi dimensional and multiuniverses

  • canuck2025
    canuck2025 5 months ago

    850 million dollar drill. You should see the price tag on the fake moon landing 150 billion dollars. They really drilled a huge hole in your head there

  • Paul Hammond
    Paul Hammond 5 months ago

    They need to do more when they go there 1 task will take years to get enough info after all are done ...why can’t they send radiation protected drones like 10000 each with its own task

  • Andy Jones
    Andy Jones 5 months ago +1

    I'd love to be the guy that proposed this idea.
    'So what's your claim to fame?'
    'I'm gonna nail Mars! Yeah bro!'
    **Congratulatory round of applause**