INSIGHT EDU, Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport


The INSIGHT EDU project listens closely to the “heartbeat” of the red planet!

The INSIGHT EDU project listens closely to the “heartbeat” of the red planet Mars, to record precise data about earthquakes and other internal activities and better understand the planet’s composition.

INSIGHT EDU also involves the generation of school kids, teens and students who, like scientists, can follow the mission live.

INSIGHT EDU is a unique opportunity to develop a specific scientific programme for schools and the general public based on a space mission.

Basic information

Country: France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Other

Coordinator: Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris,

Programme: Other

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Target groups: college students, primary school students, researchers, secondary school students, teachers

Topic: Astronautics, Astronomy, Earth science, Electronics, Geology, Geophysics, Maths, Meteorology, Education

Start year: 2015


Contact person: Jean-Luc Berenguer, Email berenguer (at)

InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a mission of NASA’s Discovery Program that places a single geophysical lander on Mars to study its interior deep inside.

But there is more to InSight than a mission to Mars. It is a terrestrial planet explorer that addresses one of the most fundamental issues of the science of our planetary and solar system. InSight increases our understanding of the processes that shaped rocky planets of the inner solar system (including Planet Earth) more than four billion years ago.

By using sophisticated geophysical instruments, InSight delves deep beneath the surface of Mars, analysing fingerprints of the processes of terrestrial planet formation, as well as measuring the planet's “vital signs”: its “pulse” (seismology), “temperature” (heat flow probe), and “reflexes” (precision tracking).

InSight seeks to answer one of the most fundamental questions in science: How did terrestrial planets form?

INSIGHT EDU provides the following opportunities to teachers:

  • To follow, live, the seismic activity of another terrestrial planet.
  • To discover and to study planets at school with a less virtual approach.
  • To test hypotheses through fun hands-on experiments, directly inspired by the mission.
  • To organise workshops for teachers and explore some innovative activities in geophysics.


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