From a personal point of view – I’ve been following this story all week and last night it finally happened…
The Mars InSight Mission successfully landed on The Red Planet!
After a few minutes of waiting, the InSight machine sent NASA a single beep to indicate that it had landed successfully, and it was all in one piece. It also sent a photo of the Martian surface where it landed.
The NASA Mars InSight
Here is what NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine had to say on the subject:
“Today, we successfully landed on Mars for the eighth time in human history, InSight will study the interior of Mars and will teach us valuable science as we prepare to send astronauts to the Moon and later to Mars. This accomplishment represents the ingenuity of America and our international partners, and it serves as a testament to the dedication and perseverance of our team. The best of NASA is yet to come, and it is coming soon.”
The Mars InSight Lander
The Mars InSight Lander was launched on the 5th of May, and it will be spending it’s time exploring the part of The Red Planet that we know near enough nothing about – it’s deep interior.
In total the InSight will spend two whole years exploring Mars’s interior so that we can get a better understanding of it’s building blocks and recorded history.
The InSight had to travel across 301,223,981 miles at a top speed of 6,200 miles per hour to reach it’s destination. Now it is waiting patiently to start it’s fantastic journey!
The NASA InSight – It’s First Photo
Below is the first photo the InSight took after it had landed on The Red Planet – unfortunately it still had it’s dust cap on so there are numerous black specks covering the recorded image. If you look at the bottom of the picture you can just make out a couple of rocks on the planet’s surface.
The NASA InSight Mission
So what’s next for this brave explorer?
Well, it’s 24 month mission won’t start right away, as it will take a few months for the robotic arm to position and place the mission’s instruments on the surface – proper science information isn’t expected to start until March.
But, scientists are able to move the camera’s on the InSight’s body, so expect to see a few images of the surrounding landscape to come through over the next few weeks.
Will the InSight be able to uncover proof of underground water on Mars?
Will this lead to proof that there is life on Mars?
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