After 300 million kilometers, the mission of NASA InSight Mission Mars reaches the present surface and will install a seismometer and thermal sensors to illuminate the internal depth of the "red planet".
This stable mode, based on the Vandenberg Air Base released on May 5, will use mechanical excavation to analyze deeply 5 meters deep (16 feet) and measure the internal temperature. seismograph
"It is the first mission to analyze deeply into Marsen," said Fernando Abilleara, the InSight design and navigation deputy director and a multidisciplinary and international team.
"By analyzing the spread of waves under the skin of Marsen, through its seismometer, we will have more information about the development of 3 million years ago," he added.
Abilities, a 17-year-old NASA space project engineer, engineers and scientists on Wednesday, at the JPL-NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasaia, California), the planet of "signs of life", as its "paces, temperature".
A Spanish "data tracking" was observed through "reflections" in the "first experiments" of the missions during the two years.
To expand the knowledge of some of the solar system of Mars and other solar systems, such as the Earth, Seismic Experiment for the Internal Structure (SEIS), will be used by a National Seismic Center for National Aerospace Research (CNES). and "Detects any movement on Marsen," Abilleira said.
The vibration that the SIG will record will be influenced by small meteorites or earthquakes, even though the seismic activity of "red planet" is less than Earth. "If you look at the wave movement, it has expanded to Mars, we can improve the understanding of the composition, the structure of the nucleus, the mantle and the crust's surface," he added.
The Test for Physical and Heat Factors (HP3), built by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), is set at a depth of 5 meters in the Martian soil.
"This tool has thermal sensors that will gather information about the thermal activity of the red planet," said Abilleira, which highlighted that Spain has contributed to this mission with an environmental station (REMS), equipped with meteorological sensors in the Martian environment.
He speculated on the route of the spacecraft and the "Acquaintance" robot route, which in August 2012 reached the red planet, "Mars is very complex on the ground."
"Atmospheric inlet speed is 20,000 km and less than 7 minutes we need 5 km of speed reduction," said Abilleira, a graduate of Saint Louis University in Missouri.
After traveling for more than 6 months, the InSight mission will run over five months on Monday, in Uruguay, moving to the Martian atmosphere and on the surface. A robotic army will destroy the scientific instruments that will be installed in Martian land.
According to the Insight mission, the solar system illuminates 4,600 million years ago.