Mars rover landing prompts 49ers-inspired celebration by NASA employees

Mars rover landing prompts 49ers-inspired celebration by NASA employees

Mars rover landing prompts 49ers-inspired celebration by NASA employees

The robot has now dusted itself off and has sent back the first images of its view on the surface of the Red planet. Its instruments says the JPL will peer deeper than ever into the Martian subsurface, seeking the signatures of the processes that shaped the rocky planets of the inner Solar System, more than four billion years ago.

As it approaches the surface the heat shield will separate and InSight will have to perform a manoeuvre to escape it - or risk it crashing into the lander once it reaches the surface.

The InSight mission will be to study Mars' interior structure - its crust, mantle and core.

"This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprints - we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps someday, worlds beyond".

The heat shield soared to a temperature of about 1,500 Celsius before it was discarded, the three landing legs deployed and the parachute popped out, easing InSight down to the Martian surface. The best of NASA is yet to come, and it is coming soon. It is noted that this is the first evidence of the presence of liquid water on Mars at the moment.

The stationary probe was programmed to pause for 16 minutes for the dust to settle around its landing site, before two disc-shaped solar panels were to be unfurled like wings to provide power to the spacecraft.

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The band sent a tweet out yesterday (November 27th 2018) to let everyone know that they have "Officially landed on Mars", which is true... kind of.

The final descent is managed by 12 thrusters created to gently place InSight on Mars.

The first data isn't expected until March.

By doing this the HFPPP will be able to give unique data about the planet's interior and how it evolved through time.

Nasa is the only space agency to have made it, and is invested in these robotic missions as a way to prepare for the first Mars-bound human explorers in the 2030s. Interplanetary missions could carry along their own satellites like InSight did with the MarCOs, increasing communications abilities. DLR provided the HP3 instrument, with significant contributions from the Space Research Center (CBK) of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Astronika in Poland.

Over the next few days, the robotic arm camera used by InSight will photograph the ground to help scientists at NASA determine where to place instruments for an upcoming two-year mission.

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