NASA’s Insight Lander a month away from Mars landing: One month from today, on November 26, NASA’s Insight Lander is set to touch north of Martian equator after approximately seven months after the launch of the Vandenburg Air Force Base in California.
In the beginning of the morning on May 5, Insight was launched with two small Mars Cube One (Marco) Cubatas, above the United Launch Alliance V Rocket = The first NASA mission the United States to launch from the West Coast to another planet.
NASA Insight Mission is the first mission to study the interior of the Red Planet and was launched with the support of the French National D’Aitudes Spatiales (CNES) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) of France, CNES provided seismic use in Germany The Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) in the Max Planck Institute of System Research (MPS), Switzerland, in the United Kingdom A. Imperial College and Oxford University, and the internal structure with a significant contribution of JPL (Siais) for the device. DLR provides the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) device.
Due to the importance of this mission, NASA will conduct the media briefing at 1:30 PM. EDT (10:30 AM PDT) on Wednesday, October 31 at NASA headquarters in Washington. Briefing NASA Television, agency’s website, and NASA Insight will remain live on the Facebook page.
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Insight will be an awkward landing.
Any landing sequence is a disturbing event, and Insight will not be any different. The solar-powered spacecraft will barter at the Martian atmosphere at 14,100 miles per hour (22,700 km), then deploy a large parachute to slow down its origin. Then, as the spacecraft is near the surface of Mars, it will be free from its back shell and lose its parachute.
At that time, 6 minutes after receiving the first taste of Mars air, Insight will go for a decent touchdown with the help of 12 original engines. Here’s the name to remember – Alicia Planitia – This is where Insight Landing will be. It is a high altitude equatorial ground about 370 miles (600 kilometers) from Gale Crater, where NASA’s car-size Curiosity rover landed in 2012.
NASA officials wrote on Wednesday (October 24th) in a statement, “Alicium Planetia is flat and boring as any place on Mars.” Also, that is why the Insight team chose to go there on the ground – for safety.
NASA officials said, “In Elysium,” there are fewer rocks and sunlight less to reduce the traffic in space, to get fewer rocks. “The fact is that Insight has not used much power and Mars should have very high sunlight on the equator, which means it can provide many data for scientists to study.”
For landing on #Mars, I must travel at the right speed and direction to reach a precise spot on top of the Martian atmosphere. Tweaking my path along the way is a must. Good news is my flight path has been corrected successfully for the third time now. https://t.co/37fbf0wLIL pic.twitter.com/nGBWw3Gpz1
— NASAInSight (@NASAInSight) October 23, 2018
Insight will conduct its science in five ways.
1. Insight can measure seismic activity anywhere on Mars. Just earth, seismic waves are formed when internal rocks are cracked or shifted. They travel through the planet until the wave hit the surface, depending on the type of material they move along with their speed.
Insight Lander will use a sensitive, sensitive seismometer – called SEIS (Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure) – built in France’s central National de Estudos Spatial, to measure the speed, frequency, and size of these waves, in geological structures. Extraction while providing insights
2. The insomnication sysmometer requires peace and tranquility. This is the reason why the selection of aliases planitis was made. It is flat and dull and very, very cold. SEIS is sensitive enough to detect small vibrations from the width of a hydrogen atom. This will be the first symmetry ever on the Martian surface, where it will be thousands of times more accurate than the seismometer sitting on the Viking Landers.
Insight has a shield in the arm which can go to sensitive SEIS when blowing the Martin windows. The shield has a mile-end-chain melon skirt that prevents the air from flying. It also gives SEIS a comfortable place to hide away from Mars’s extreme temperature swing, which can make changes in the equipment springs and electronics in minutes.
3. Insight has a shield in the arm which can go to sensitive SEIS when blowing the Martin windows. The shield has a mile-end-chain melon skirt that prevents the air from flying. It also gives SEIS a comfortable place to hide away from the intense temperature swing of Mars, which can make changes in device wires and electronics in minutes.
Insight has a nail that gives arms to itself. Most of us know how to have a nail hammer in a board. The one thing you learn quickly is to keep the nails stable. Well, Insight has a nail which also requires stabilization. Equipment insight is called HP3 (Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package) and has a spike attached to a long tether.
A mechanism inside the spike will give it up to 16 feet (5 meters) of groundwater, by dragging the tether, which is embedded with a heat sensor. According to NASA, HP3 should be able to detect the heat stranded within Mars because the planet was previously formed.
4. Insight can land in a safe place. This is a brainer. NASA scientists specifically choose the Alicium Planitia because there are fewer rocks for space and many sunlight is available to give power to the space shuttle.
5. Insight can measure planet Mars’ Wobble
There are two X-band antennas on the Insight deck, which make up one-third of the device named RISE (Rotation and Interior Structure Expert). This tool will track the location of the lander to determine how much Mars rotates the North Pole into the Sun’s orbit.
These observations will provide detailed information on the size of the iron core of Mars. They will help in determining that the core is liquid, and elements other than iron may exist.