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CASTROL® WILL HELP GIVE THE RED PLANET ITS FIRST CHECK-UP IN 4.5 BILLION YEARS

CUSTOMER NEWS / Post date: 2 September 2018

This past May, when NASA launched their interplanetary robotic explorer InSight Lander to study the vital signs of Mars over the next two Earth years, it chose Castrol®Braycote® to provide lubrication to a range of vital scientific instruments.


InSight, short for Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough check-up since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. It will be the first outer space robotic explorer to study in-depth the “inner space” of Mars including its crust, mantle, and core.


Studying Mars’ interior structure will answer key questions about the early formation of rocky planets in our inner solar system including Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. InSight will also measure tectonic activity and meteorite impacts on Mars. The lander will use cutting-edge instruments to delve deep beneath the surface and seek the fingerprints of the processes that formed the terrestrial planets.


Castrol is proud that Castrol Braycote is being used to lubricate the moving parts in several of the InSight Lander’s scientific instruments.

 

SEIS Seismometer

  • Gear motors, gears, lead screw and lead nut, and slides of the balance mechanism in the SEIS seismometer are lubricated with Braycote 600EF
  • Gear motors driving the temperature compensation mechanisms in the SEIS seismometer are lubricated with Braycote 600EF
  • Gear motors in the SEIS leveling system are lubricated with Braycote 601EF.


Mole

  • Gear motor, cam, and cam follower bearing of the Mole are lubricated with Braycote 600EF.



To learn more about this exciting mission to Mars, please check out NASA’s website: https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/