Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

NASA Employees Celebrate Mars Landing With Out of This World Handshake

NASA Employees Celebrate Mars Landing With Out of This World Handshake

The spacecraft arrived at Mars after a perilous, supersonic plunge through its red skies that took just six minutes.

NASA's InSight Mars lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet, after an nearly seven-month, 300-million-mile journey from Earth.

By examining the deepest, darkest interior of Mars - still preserved from its earliest days - scientists hope to create 3D images that could reveal how our solar system's rocky planets formed 4.5 billion years ago and why they turned out so different.

The main goal of the United States space agency's InSight mission-launched on May 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California-is to give scientists a better understanding of the structure and geological activity of Mars.

Mars has been the graveyard for a multitude of space missions.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said that InSight 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 global partners and it serves as a testament to the dedication and perseverance of our team", Bridenstine said.

The official NASA Jet Propulsion lab is hosting a livestream from inside the vaunted JPL control room, as the InSight approaches Martian ground. "During that short span of time, InSight had to autonomously perform dozens of operations and do them flawlessly - and by all indications that is exactly what our spacecraft did".

"Touchdown confirmed!" a flight controller announced. InSight's surface-operations phase began a minute after touchdown.

"We are solar powered, so getting the arrays out and operating is a big deal". That process begins 16 minutes after landing and takes another 16 minutes to complete.

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It's been six years since the last NASA mission that put a spacecraft on the surface of Mars.

"The InSight team can rest a little easier tonight", Hoffman said.

To this end, InSight is equipped with an extremely sensitive seismometer - the first ever seismometer to land on Mars.

"Landing on Mars is one of the hardest single jobs that people have to do in planetary exploration", noted InSight's lead scientist, Bruce Banerdt.

InSight has three primary instruments on board: A seismometer (SEIS), a heat probe (HP), and a radio science instrument (RISE).

Over the next few "sols" - or Martian days of 24 hours, 39½ minutes - flight controllers will assess the health of InSight's all-important robot arm and its science instruments. The mission objectives of the two small MarCOs which relayed InSight's telemetry was completed after their Martian flyby.

"That's one giant leap for our intrepid, briefcase-sized robotic explorers", said Joel Krajewski, MarCO project manager at JPL.

With InSight landing successfully on Mars on Monday, NASA has successfully soft-landed a vehicle on the Red Planet eight times, the statement noted.

In a web posting about the mission, NASA described the tasks as measuring "the planet's "vital signs": its "pulse" (seismology), "temperature" (heat flow), and "reflexes" (precision tracking)". The MarCO CubeSats were built and managed by JPL.

Children check out a meteorite display during an InSight lander viewing event hosted by University of Utah's physics department at the Social and Behavioral Science Building on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Spain's Centro de Astrobiología (CAB) supplied the wind sensors.

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