Mission to Mars: Ties to Colorado foster future rocket scientists

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- NASA landed another mission on Mars Monday. The mission has ties to Colorado, in fact, it was built on the Front Range.

InSight, the seismic device they sent into space to land on the red planet, was built right here in our state by Lockheed Martin. Even the launch vehicle was built in Centennial.

Potential astronauts, rocket scientists and astronomers in the Grand Valley watched as the mission touched down on Mars at West Middle School.

“I would like to do something with space and studying planets,” said Averee Toft, an 8th grader at West Middle School.

"They're going to be the ones who are going to be taking this forward, and we have to introduce these opportunities for them at school,” said Heidi Ragsdale, 8th-grade science teacher at West Middle School.

Scientists are hoping to learn if Mars has an active core, how thick its crust is, and check out the seismic activity of the planet.



 
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