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.
    #NASA #Mars #ScienceInsider
    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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Comments • 1 347

  • big time socks 12

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

  • J B
    J B Day ago

    So, actually who takes th photos from the Rover?

  • Selym
    Selym 4 days ago

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

  • Oh Yeah Yeah
    Oh Yeah Yeah 4 days ago +1

    Is this where our tax money goes to???

  • мя. 8B̲̅Λll
    мя. 8B̲̅Λll Month 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 Month ago

    iam li tamo inzvanzenmaljaca

  • Jairo Perdomo
    Jairo Perdomo Month ago

    Thor wants that hammer

  • Utsarg - Roblox And More
    Utsarg - Roblox And More 2 months ago +1

    Thumbnail: 850$ drill title 850$ HAMMER

  • Boo Yeah
    Boo Yeah 2 months ago +1

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

  • Vj lorenzo
    Vj lorenzo 2 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 Month ago

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

  • Banana chip
    Banana chip 2 months ago

    It’s a drill not a hammer

  • Benjamin Trif
    Benjamin Trif 2 months ago

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

  • Ninja
    Ninja 2 months ago

    India could done this project with $50 million 😂

  • Haraki Youness
    Haraki Youness 2 months ago

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

  • SpikeMoney
    SpikeMoney 2 months ago

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

  • Julius Goze
    Julius Goze 2 months ago

    16ft is wasted $850M

  • Julius Goze
    Julius Goze 2 months ago

    Send astounauts there and they should bring a battery powered drill

  • Shady’s Craaazy
    Shady’s Craaazy 2 months ago


  • Shady’s Craaazy
    Shady’s Craaazy 2 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 27 days 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 Month ago

      Seismology. Look it up

  • Sipho Ndhlovu
    Sipho Ndhlovu 2 months ago

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

  • Ahmed Ur Rahman
    Ahmed Ur Rahman 2 months ago

    Knew it was insight. BTW insight landed on mars

  • maz shaun
    maz shaun 2 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 2 months ago

    Use metric System for god sake!

  • Logan Wong
    Logan Wong 2 months ago +1

    Stop,hammer time

  • BatCane
    BatCane 2 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 2 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 👨🏼‍💻

  • Justin Y.
    Justin Y. 2 months ago +3

    I prefer FORTNITE.

  • Mykell Lastname
    Mykell Lastname 2 months ago +4

    Just send Russians they will do it for mother Russia

  • StrongCoolYT GamingZz
    StrongCoolYT GamingZz 2 months ago

    If 19trillion usd
    Have that budget of nasa

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

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

    • Jacob Honey
      Jacob Honey 2 months ago

      BB sha pee pee game on a quantum computer

  • zudemaster
    zudemaster 2 months ago

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

    FONZARELi 2 months ago +2

    send a couple of mexicans waiting at a home depot


  • khan is khan
    khan is khan 2 months ago

    Ma shaa Allah
    Subhan Allah
    Name on Nasa galaxy

  • Adnan Andersson
    Adnan Andersson 2 months ago

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

  • Juan Arias
    Juan Arias 2 months ago

    Smh all theses “space” vids 🤦🏽‍♂️🤢

  • Bob Steenson
    Bob Steenson 2 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 2 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 2 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

  • Squidward
    Squidward 2 months ago +1

    waste of tax money

    • Fred Cink
      Fred Cink 2 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 2 months ago

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

  • P.R. Mathews
    P.R. Mathews 2 months ago

    O P’s $$$ is easy to spend

  • Tribution
    Tribution 2 months ago

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

    DINGDONG 2 months ago

    Mars is flat...

  • RingtoneCentral
    RingtoneCentral 2 months ago

    Send a mini excavator and a man

  • Time to get huge!
    Time to get huge! 2 months ago

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

  • Mister Taveras
    Mister Taveras 2 months ago


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    David Amora 2 months ago


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    Sayyed Shah 2 months ago


  • Ufcfan Maker
    Ufcfan Maker 2 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 2 months ago

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

  • Learn English
    Learn English 2 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 2 months ago +1

    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 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

  • Gecko
    Gecko 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

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

  • jocktheglide
    jocktheglide 2 months ago

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

  • billybifocals
    billybifocals 2 months ago

    nice clickbait title.

  • Alfonso Islas Ochoa
    Alfonso Islas Ochoa 2 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 2 months 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

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

  • #Glenn #Quagmire
    #Glenn #Quagmire 2 months 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 2 months ago +1

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

  • Tony Jose Mathew
    Tony Jose Mathew 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

      who told you that nonsense?

  • awesome dude lol
    awesome dude lol 2 months ago

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

  • It’s me Who cares
    It’s me Who cares 2 months ago

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

  • Xtariz
    Xtariz 2 months ago

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

  • Carlos Cortes
    Carlos Cortes 2 months ago

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

  • Bang Obet
    Bang Obet 2 months ago +1

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

  • Love Baby
    Love Baby 2 months 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_590
    Ghost_590 2 months ago

    I got incinerated will entering the planet

  • Hord_
    Hord_ 2 months ago

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

  • Billy Jones
    Billy Jones 2 months ago

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

  • Geert Wilders
    Geert Wilders 2 months 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 2 months ago

    Cute voice.

  • Meso Phyl
    Meso Phyl 2 months ago

    let me guess. Its red inside.

    • Damn Pineapples
      Damn Pineapples 2 months ago

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

  • Van Iyke
    Van Iyke 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

    What a Giant waste of Money.

  • Age
    Age 2 months ago +2

    Who watched the landing?

  • pendent sue
    pendent sue 2 months ago

    😊 👌 👍

  • art vandelay
    art vandelay 2 months ago

    850 million dollars of US taxpayer dollars

    • art vandelay
      art vandelay 2 months ago

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

    • Fred Cink
      Fred Cink 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

    Great video man!

  • Amc2397
    Amc2397 2 months ago

    Mars needs to be liberated

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