The following story will move Saturday as this week’s Sunday Spotlight, a feature showcasing the best off-the-news enterprise in the AP report:
In our solar system family, Mars is Earth’s next-of-kin, the next-door relative that has captivated humans for millennia. The attraction is sure to grow with Monday’s arrival of a NASA lander named InSight that provide our best look yet at Mars’ deep interior. Scientists consider Mars a tantalizing time capsule. By studying the preserved heart of Mars, InSight can teach us how our solar system’s rocky planets formed 4.5 billion years ago and why they turned out so different. By Marcia Dunn. 750 words, photos by 11 a.m.