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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  • Mykell Lastname
    Mykell Lastname Hour ago

    Just send Russians they will do it for mother Russia

  • StrongCoolYT GamingZz
    StrongCoolYT GamingZz 7 hours ago

    If 19trillion usd
    Have that budget of nasa

  • BB sha pee pee
    BB sha pee pee 9 hours ago +1

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

  • zudemaster
    zudemaster 15 hours ago

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

    FONZARELi 15 hours ago

    send a couple of mexicans waiting at a home depot


  • khan is khan
    khan is khan Day ago

    Ma shaa Allah
    Subhan Allah
    Name on Nasa galaxy

  • Adnan Andersson
    Adnan Andersson Day ago

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

  • Juan Arias
    Juan Arias Day ago

    Smh all theses “space” vids 🤦🏽‍♂️🤢

  • Bob Steenson
    Bob Steenson Day 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 Day 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 Day 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

  • Squidward
    Squidward 2 days ago

    waste of tax money

  • Mess With The Bull You Get The Horns

    I thought it said “$850” dollar hammer

  • thekinghunkar
    thekinghunkar 2 days ago

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

  • P.R. Mathews
    P.R. Mathews 2 days ago

    O P’s $$$ is easy to spend

  • Tribution
    Tribution 3 days ago

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

    DINGDONG 3 days ago

    Mars is flat...

  • RingtoneCentral
    RingtoneCentral 3 days ago

    Send a mini excavator and a man

  • Time to get huge!
    Time to get huge! 3 days ago

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

  • Mister Taveras
    Mister Taveras 4 days ago


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    Rogem Tabares 4 days ago


  • David Amora
    David Amora 4 days ago


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    Sayyed Shah 4 days ago


  • Ufcfan Maker
    Ufcfan Maker 4 days 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 days ago

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

  • Learn English
    Learn English 5 days 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 6 days ago

    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 7 days ago

    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 7 days ago

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

  • Gecko
    Gecko 7 days 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 7 days 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 7 days ago

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

  • jocktheglide
    jocktheglide 7 days ago

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

  • billybifocals
    billybifocals 7 days ago

    nice clickbait title.

  • Alfonso Islas Ochoa
    Alfonso Islas Ochoa 7 days 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 7 days ago

    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 8 days 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 8 days 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 8 days 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 9 days 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 10 days ago

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

  • #Glenn #Quagmire
    #Glenn #Quagmire 10 days ago

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

  • Hawk Bokdol Kim
    Hawk Bokdol Kim 10 days ago +1

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

  • Tony Jose Mathew
    Tony Jose Mathew 11 days 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 11 days 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 11 days 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 12 days ago

    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**

  • Lersus Allarhand
    Lersus Allarhand 12 days ago +1

    Why havent you mentioned that both, the drill and the seismometer were actually made in Europe (Germany and France respectively). :(

  • Dianne Pedraja
    Dianne Pedraja 12 days ago

    It will give clear image that Nasa what they looking? It`s technology of King Ravana at 5000 years ago he made powerful Nuclear system and the king was storage those in mars. My concern is still people are living underground mars it`s different high technology world rather than our world.

    • Dianne Pedraja
      Dianne Pedraja 11 days ago

      N Jones
      That thing very well NASA knows. They are not telling the history and they trying to proof them self.think a second what purpose USA spending this much cost what's they target???
      That's why you feel NONSENSE.
      I'm not mad what your words because very few people knows behind the story.

    • N Jones
      N Jones 11 days ago

      who told you that nonsense?

  • awesome dude lol
    awesome dude lol 12 days ago

    We all already know why, it's to learn WHAT'S INSIDE

  • It’s me Who cares
    It’s me Who cares 12 days ago

    cartoons, that's all that they show us...….

  • Xtariz
    Xtariz 13 days ago

    Jokes on you NASA... what if that drill hits rock?

  • Carlos Cortes
    Carlos Cortes 13 days ago

    Nobody cares about a f**kin dessert 900k for what?? Really??🧐

  • Bang Obet
    Bang Obet 13 days ago +1

    im having a bible school ads watching this video? why?

  • Love Baby
    Love Baby 13 days ago

    Works For year around? Oh please! Pg 14 Mars Book. 1997 They learned that dust storms can block out the sun, making solar power unpredictable. Average temp in Mars is minus -84 F.

  • Ghost Gaming
    Ghost Gaming 13 days ago

    I got incinerated will entering the planet

  • Hord_
    Hord_ 13 days ago

    I'm proud that this drill is made in France !

  • Billy Jones
    Billy Jones 13 days ago

    NASA is a fraud!!! there was no Mars landing just like there was no Moon landing!

  • Geert Wilders
    Geert Wilders 13 days ago

    850million for a fk drill. And after 10 years we still not even made a step on mars. Waste of 850million again. Help poor country's instead of a fk drill

  • Greg Meadows
    Greg Meadows 14 days ago

    Cute voice.

  • Meso Phyl
    Meso Phyl 14 days ago

    let me guess. Its red inside.

    • Damn Pineapples
      Damn Pineapples 14 days ago

      NASA: why didn't we think of that you're hired

  • Van Iyke
    Van Iyke 14 days ago

    Why is it they send probes with cameras to take photos, but never send ones that can send back actual video/CCTV films?

    • N Jones
      N Jones 11 days ago +1

      They can only transfer about 350 Megabit of data over the next year or two...mars hasn't got 4G yet

    • Alex Siemers
      Alex Siemers 14 days ago +3

      Because the massive distance means it takes a lot of time and power just to send back the images we see now. Also explains why photos have lower resolution and are in black and white in many cases.

  • Your Highness
    Your Highness 14 days ago

    What a Giant waste of Money.

  • Age
    Age 14 days ago +2

    Who watched the landing?

  • pendent sue
    pendent sue 14 days ago

    😊 👌 👍

  • Clark Griswold
    Clark Griswold 15 days ago

    850 million dollars of US taxpayer dollars

    • Clark Griswold
      Clark Griswold 14 days ago

      +Fred Cink yeah Fred i guess you're right it isn't a bad deal

    • Fred Cink
      Fred Cink 14 days ago +2

      YUP! That's two dollars and forty two cents per person. Spread out over the six years it takes to plan, build, launch, travel, land and study, it works out to 41 cents per person per year. Best deal EVER!

  • mike brink
    mike brink 15 days ago

    1:45 If she has to explain to any viewer how long 16 feet or 1/2 an inch is then they're too way too stupid to comprehend anything in this video.

  • XtraSquishy
    XtraSquishy 15 days ago

    Great video man!

  • Amc2397
    Amc2397 16 days ago

    Mars needs to be liberated

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  • mista aun
    mista aun 16 days ago

    Nasa drill for OIL&GAS

    I KNOW DE WAE 16 days ago

    What average car is 16 ft long

  • kisha1682
    kisha1682 16 days ago

    I like science, but 850 million could have been put to better use. Why waste money on a planet we cannot live on without a space suit.

    • Fred Cink
      Fred Cink 14 days ago

      That's two dollars and forty two cents per person. Spread out over the six years it takes to plan, build, launch, travel, land and study, it works out to 41 cents per person per year. Best deal EVER!

  • Roy JLP
    Roy JLP 16 days ago

    850$ million is like building a brand new 300 meter cruise ship

    • Fred Cink
      Fred Cink 14 days ago

      That's two dollars and forty two cents per person. Spread out over the six years it takes to plan, build, launch, travel, land and study, it works out to 41 cents per person per year. Best deal EVER!

  • A.E.E.N 5th
    A.E.E.N 5th 16 days ago

    i could drill 165 feet deep on mars for under 150 million plus a falcon heavy lift. first life form begins at 100 feet. so 16feet wont help much guys. cmon

  • Johnathon Sasser
    Johnathon Sasser 16 days ago

    Waste of money and resources. How about nasa help put out the california fires and do something to improve the earth instead of wasting money time and resources.

    • N Jones
      N Jones 11 days ago

      US spent $2 *Billion* on fighting wildfires last year, why not take some of the $600 *Billion* the military spends each year.

  • Joao Solvalagem
    Joao Solvalagem 17 days ago

    So what? Whats the real purpose?

    • Fred Cink
      Fred Cink 14 days ago +1

      To learn how the entire universe works... so people (and even morons like you) don't have to live in a cave.

  • Evening art
    Evening art 17 days ago

    Honestly who gives a shit , give the money to people that can't feed or heat there family

  • Derek Ray Vidana
    Derek Ray Vidana 17 days ago +1

    Dislikes are Flattards

  • Derek Ray Vidana
    Derek Ray Vidana 17 days ago +1

    Flattards say it’s fake

  • Ty James
    Ty James 17 days ago

    The first drill was a joke....... they had to o.......

  • Asela Tharanga
    Asela Tharanga 18 days ago

    🇱🇰 🇱🇰 🇱🇰 🇱🇰 🇱🇰 🇱🇰 sri lanka

  • MidnightPikachu
    MidnightPikachu 18 days ago

    To find the meaning of life

  • Shane Hartley
    Shane Hartley 18 days ago

    Why? If they sent the 850 million straight into their bank accounts people would probably figure it out. If they channel the money off world, good luck proving that one. It's like the donut rock that apeareard near the mars rover when the solar panels cleaned themselves miraculously .

  • 張於哥
    張於哥 18 days ago

    US is destroying the Earth, and now instead of saving the environment, they spend lots of dollars try to look for another planet that can support life.

  • Durk Durkgang
    Durk Durkgang 18 days ago

    I just sawed mars in half I can fix it with flex tape

  • Larry Courtney
    Larry Courtney 18 days ago +2

    Keep in mind whenever they go down 16 foot to drill they're going to find something no matter what are there going to make it up because otherwise it's 850 million dollars wasted do you really think that they're going to come up empty-handed

  • Larry Courtney
    Larry Courtney 18 days ago

    Scam waste of 850 million dollars

  • Lupe Valdovinos
    Lupe Valdovinos 18 days ago

    I wonder why we dont do this to the moon first

    • Fred Cink
      Fred Cink 18 days ago

      We already did. Google Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package

  • TheRealDavieLondon
    TheRealDavieLondon 18 days ago +1

    We only dug a half an inch with the NASA rover? Weak sauce

  • Deanna Demers
    Deanna Demers 19 days ago

    Foolish waste of money

  • TC14KID
    TC14KID 19 days ago

    If they find oil it will be a huge outbreak because that means at some point something organic lived on mars

  • canuck2025
    canuck2025 19 days ago

    They can drill as much as they want. Send probes ,robots ,droids ,drones. These are all good visions. All unmanned missions. We can all benefit by getting resources from other planets. The reality is unmanned missions

  • Cryzen Raven
    Cryzen Raven 19 days ago

    wow unbelievable technology salute to all sciencetist that working hard to search new life

  • Kerbal Workshop
    Kerbal Workshop 19 days ago +1

    The future is happening!

  • Wayne Gabler
    Wayne Gabler 19 days ago

    The thickest air on mars is in a hole that is 5km deep and it is equal to being 30kn high on earth. A chute will not work above 15km on earth let alone a the the 30-60km range that is the highest and lowest point on Mars.
    $850M for the lander, how much for the whole mission? $2B?? $3B?? Anybody heard of Devin Island, CA??

    • Joe Vignolo
      Joe Vignolo 14 days ago

      Well the lander is now sitting alive on Mars so I guess you were wrong about the parachutes. The whole mission was $850 million. That includes the launch vehicle.

    • Alex Siemers
      Alex Siemers 18 days ago

      Mars missions use a combination of parachutes and propulsive landing. And the parachutes used there are much bigger than the ones normally used on earth, with a payload much lighter than what we have on earth.
      And yes, I’ve heard of Devin island. But I’ve also heard that it’s smart to test equipment on earth before sending it into deep space.

  • Glitched Blox
    Glitched Blox 19 days ago

    Waste of money and time, Just send a person with a jackhammer please?