Nasa scientists celebrate Mars landing with quirky handshake that’s going viral
30 November, 2018, 13:00 | Author: Emmett Howard
Catch InSight extending the solar panels it uses for battery in the GIF below. NASA will use radio telescopes in Green Bank, West Virginia and also in Germany to listen out for radio signals from InSight. Just six minutes before it attempts a landing, it will have been traveling at 14,100 miles per hour.
Landing a spacecraft on Mars is, of course, intricate. Throughout the mission, he will also monitor wind and temperature data on the Martian surface.
The InSight probe landed in the highlands area Elysium, which is located on the equator of Mars, on Monday evening, November 26, Moscow time.
"Our team is thrilled by the successful landing of the InSight spacecraft", Lisa Callahan, vice president and general manager of Commercial Civil Space at Lockheed Martin Space. Traveling at its maximum speed, it would take Curiosity 3,000 days or just under eight and a half years to reach InSight. However, the spacecraft made it, and it appears that it landed nearly perfectly. The device's heat shield, parachute and rocket thrusters helped bring the craft to a gentle landing, having entered the Red Planet's atmosphere travelling faster than a speeding bullet back here on Earth, in the first such attempt since 2012.
To confirm landing NASAtweeted the first image from the InSight on-board camera.
"Mars is kind of a unique laboratory for us - a planetary laboratory - in that it's gone through all the very initial processes of planetary formation, back 4 1/2 billion years ago". They are the first CubeSats sent into deep space.
But as expected, the dust kicked up during the landing obscured the first picture InSight sent back, which was heavily flecked. They are created to cut out the instant the probe lands because if they don't it will tip over.
This latest successful mission to Mars is a welcome demonstration of the power of human foresight and scientific planning, in the face of the promotion of irrationalism and anti-science prejudice by both the political right and the pseudo-left.
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