NASA launches InSight spacecraft to Mars to dig down deep

The mobile service tower at SLC-3 is rolled back to reveal the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas-V rocket with NASA’s InSight spacecraft onboard, Friday at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A robotic geologist armed with a hammer and quake monitor rocketed toward Mars on Saturday, aiming to land on the red planet and explore its mysterious insides.