NASA Engineers Recreate Marquise Goodwin’s TD Celebration After Mars Landing

NASA Engineers Recreate Marquise Goodwin’s TD Celebration After Mars Landing

NASA Engineers Recreate Marquise Goodwin’s TD Celebration After Mars Landing

"A successful landing on Mars after the 7 minutes of terror that includes supersonic airbrakes, parachutes and retro-thrusters firing, will be the first NASA mission to the surface in almost a decade and is a big deal", he said.

"We knew we were sitting together in the control room, and we thought it would be kind of fun just for the two of us", Brooke said. "That's exactly what we were going for".

These instruments include the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structures to investigate what causes the seismic waves on Mars, the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package to burrow beneath the surface and determine heat flowing out of the planet and the Rotation and Interior Structure Experiment to use radios to study the planet's core.

Banerdt called InSight's first snapshot of the surface the first bit of science, albeit "nice and dirty". The photo was captured after solar panels fruitfully convoluted from its sides so that its batteries can be charged and was transmitted through the Mars Odyssey orbiter that hovers around the planet and transmits the messages back to the Earth. He said the image would be cleaned and the black specks would disappear.

In the following days, NASA's InSight is expected to conduct a self-audit of all its scientific instruments on board, and survey the martian surface for an optimal site to deploy these instruments. Late Monday, NASA released a clean photo taken by a higher camera that showed part of the lander and the landscape.

"In the coming months and years even, history books will be rewritten about the interior of Mars", said JPL's director, Michael Watkins.

"The reason why we're digging into Mars is to better understand not just Mars, but the Earth itself", said JPL's Bruce Banerdt, InSight's principal investigator. The danger was that the spacecraft could burn up in the atmosphere or bounce off it.

There's still quite a lot that needs to happen before the mission can be considered a success. In the background is Elysium Planitia, a large plain located at the planet's equator.

"It was intense and you could feel the emotion", said Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine, in an interview on Nasa television afterward. At the minimum, there's an eight-minute communication lag between Mars and Earth.

It will spend the next 24 months - about one Martian year - collecting a wealth of data to unlock mysteries about how Mars formed and, by extension, the origins of the Earth and other rocky planets of the inner solar system.

Bearings made by Timken were used in the Opportunity and Spirit Rovers in 2004, the Curiosity Rover in 2012 and the InSight Lander.

Concentrating on planetary building blocks, InSight has no life-detecting capability. InSight will also send a "tone beacon" when it touches down on Mars, and again seven minutes later, but much more loudly. That's deeper than any instrument that has ever been to Mars.

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