InSight probe NASA successfully landed on Mars on Monday after a tense seven-minute descent. The robot is now sprinkled with fenced off and sent back the first images of its view on the surface of the Red Planet.
First of all, who returned was not clear, fish-eye lens view of Mars. Fortunately, later captured the picture of the Martian surface in a more precise definition, without being obscured by the translucent cover of & # 39; the lens and the dust that has made such a granular first impression.
The probe is currently sitting on Eliza, a huge flat plain, NASA christened "The biggest parking on Mars." heat shield devices, parachute and rocket engines have helped to bring the ship to a gentle landing, entered the atmosphere of the Red Planet to travel faster than the excess of the speed of the bullet back here on Earth, in the first such attempt in 2012.
The robot will not spend the duration of their mission clicking landscape photography and self, however, but instead will be to investigate the core-to-crust deep inside of the Red Planet – the only planet other than Earth, humanity will be studied in this way.
Notification device confirms its unfolded solar panels that have a decisive importance for the durability of the mission, it is seven hours after landing due to grade A and B, briefcases size satellites that broadcast data mission during the descent operation.
"Having successfully brought all the data from the InSight during his spectacular entry, descent and landing (EDL) sequence – what you see in front of an image taken about 4,700 kilometers from Mars, about 10-15 minutes after he EDL,» Marco explained the chief engineer Andy flared.
InSight mission has three main objectives: to expand the Franco-British seismometers to measure any potential «Marsquakes»; activate a German "mole", which will bury 16.4 feet (five meters) down to remove the temperature reading from the planet: a third experiment will use radio waves to determine how to Mars rocked on its axis.
"If you take a raw egg and a cooked egg, and you spin them, they swing in different ways because of the distribution of liquid inside. And today we do not know exactly when the Martian core liquid or solid form, and how great is that the kernel. InSight will provide us with this information, " said the deputy scientific director Suzanne Smrekar project.
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Inspiring moment that the landing was achieved, and the staff in the Mission Control Center could finally breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate jointly by NASA:
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