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Monday, November 26, 2018, 4:25 a.m. – NASA's InSight Landing Mars's surface is now safe after shaking the planet's thin atmosphere. With the strange piece of nail mission, what's next?
At 2:54 p.m. On Monday, November 26, over six months of traveling through space, NASA's Mars InSight landed on the Red Planet, a wide plateau called Elysium Planitia, resting in a quiet place.
While landslides had enormous hesitation, following the silent silence of the distant Mars, it was a very different story on the Earth.
At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mission Control and nearby von Karman Auditorium were amazed by engineers, scientists, media and social media voices.
According to NASA, everything about landing went perfectly, as planned, to the ground and Cubans MarCO faced.
After landing, InSight was the first action in front of him immediately to adhere to an image of the landscape. While the image is ambitious, when the camera dust cover is partially locked, it is the first point of reference for the mission group.
NASA InSight, Elysium Planitia, the first image of post-landing. Image of InSight's Instrumental Context Camera (ICC), located on the Earth's womb. The dark images on the photo are dust particles sticking on the cover of the camera dust. Beside these, the dust pens cover can be seen from the bottom edge, there is a large needle on the bottom right and a large Martian rock on the ground. The distance is Mars horizon. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
Now, after months of development, months of monitoring the space in space, finally, Mars was a safe surface, ready to continue with its advanced science.
Keep watching: NASA continues the correct InSight landing cover, press conference at 5:00 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT)
WHAT IS NEXT?
InSight on Mars, what's next?
While the land is safe and in motion, it takes a few steps to collect data and send it to Earth. Some are pretty small, for example, to cover dusty cameras to better visualize environments. There are, however, some important steps forward in InSight.
Step 1: open the solar panels
During the touchdown, it is possible that InSight's landing planes have dropped a lot of dust! Due to the global dust storm, roughly a few years ago, dust has been redistributed to Mars's entire surface. Therefore, we do not know how much dust emerges on the earth. It could be quite dust, usually dusty in any other place or dusty in the storm.
InSight does not immediately pan the solar panels covering dust on the floor, wait for 16 minutes before panels open and spread. For this reason, dust puts enough time to allow InSight power.
The seminar group said that although the only panel has been deployed, it can still do its job, but it has not been extended, for some reason, if the landlord has problems. Without solar power, its dry battery will run quickly and will lose contact with InSight.
NASA finds that InSight has expanded its solar panels, when the Mars Odyssey orbit passes over the earth's location, it takes pictures and sends them to images after approximately five hours.
Step 2: Take the SEIS to the ground
InSight will immediately open its solar panels immediately, landing their tools online, and data collection will be much longer.
SEIS, the Seismic Experiment for the Internal Structure, InSight's Marshal & # 39; It is a detector and is currently located on the ground spinal cord. In order to do the job correctly, however, SEIS Martian should be placed directly on the surface.
As the main mission of InSight, the team must continue attentively at this point.
It will take in two weeks to test the InSight system and its actuator weapons before sending the SEIS transfer orders before land deck. Afterwards, it will take the windshield and thermal shield (WTS), the bottom chain and the white scale dome dome that will pass over SEIS to isolate it in an isolated environment.
Step 3: Implement with heat fiber
This mission is another primitive experimental science, Hot Heat – a "Mole", which is deepening below its surface to see what the planet's temperature profile is.
Like SEIS, this tool is also in the back of the country. This way, when the InSight team is ready, the Heat Voltage will fall to the ground, probably when the seismic instrument is made.
InSight Week will run for a week to start a mission to get good scientific results within Mars for a few months, but this is the type of mission that we have signed up with. The job is that it has now reached Mars, calmly sat on the surface and just heard the planet.
The mission is boring, though. The best results we'll get from InSight will be one of its cameras; It covers panoramic shots around it, using the belly camera and using the camera arm. Soon we will get results. Continuous weather station!
It's true that there are more updates on this historical mission!
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