The news arrived in Mars (again) is a news that is silenced by two protagonists, but in practice it was essential to know the world of the Insight probe on the red planet. Wall-E and Eva are two nano-satellites, tutors of robot who will study Martian soil. Remote operation continued and the minutes sent to Earth confirmed that everything was going well.
Satellites carefully call. Marko-A and MarCo-B (formally participating program), NASA scientists have been named characters from Pixar in 2008. There are two simple reasons: If one has failed, another person can continue with one task.
The MARCO satellite program continued to land the Insight zonation. (AP)
The MarCO mission, at NASA's Insight Zoning site, tested these small experimental spaces, the size of the boot, to survive the depth of space. These two nanosatelites called CubeSats have been more than capable.
Seven months later, Insight's probe was pushed back to the Earth and then landed on the periphery to transmit landing details.
"WALL-E and EVA worked as expected," said MarCo, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, engineer engineer Andy Klesh. That's the CubeSats developer. "An excellent study on how future missions work" was to update the status of a landing for a minute.
As determined by a space agency, they used and received experimental radio and antennae To send land data for only 8 minutes.
Insight The first image emerging from Martian soil. (EFE)
Due to the difficulties faced by Mars landing (40% of the essays were successful), scientists work this way as a "negative accident" model for small satellites to investigate and improve future attempts.
A detail: it was a project developed by young scientists, and in many cases it was first experience in space missions. That's why success has a special flavor for them.
After landing, MarCoB took a picture of Red Planet. He tried to capture photos of Mars, Phobos and Deimos.
The image of Martha took over one thousand kilometers of satellite. (Reuters)
"Send WALL-E large Martial mailboxes!" said Cody Colley, JPL, director of MarCO's director, who directed the work of extracting CubeSat's images.
With the goals achieved with this goal, the MarC team collects additional data from each CubeSat in the next weeks.
Meanwhile, Marsen, Insight is taking photographs of the ground, deciding to place engineers' space tools in space tools. NASA will need two or three months before deploying these tools before and fully deploying them.