"That was incredible," said one woman, wearing her eyes and recalling her colleague's hand. A few minutes later, a red and brown white image appeared on the main control room screen – InSight's first photo of a new home.
"Flawless," said JPL's main engineer, Rob Manning.
"This is what we hope and really imagine in our eyes," he said. "Sometimes things will work from your party."
A pair of small satellites are entering InSight since they have been resode in May, providing real practical updates of the spacecraft's supersonic disk through the red atmosphere. The satellite also shot a quick picture of Mars's face.
The image was seen by litter specifications on the camera cover. But the quick look on the vista showed a flat surface with very little rock – just what the scientists were hoping for. Much better pictures will arrive at the hours and days to come.
"This thing has a lot more to do," said Rob Grover, engineer of access systems, collapse and landing. "But just going to face Mars is no modest sport."
An integral part of the moment in which a spacecraft reaches the Mediterranean atmosphere is to touch down on the Red Planet glass surface, which is what scientists call "and seven minutes of terrorism. "
Landing a spacecraft on Mars is as difficult as it sounds. More than half of all trips do not make it safe for the surface. As it takes more than seven minutes to light signals travel 100 million miles to Earth, scientists have no control over the process. All they can do is programmate the spacecraft with their best technology and wait.
Earlier, the project manager, Tim Hoffin, said that the success of the landing will not be clear for a number of hours.
"We will definitely have a celebration when we succeed in successfully launching, but we will have to stretch just a little as we wait for five and a half hours to know completely, we're in good condition," he said he.
InSight will spend 24 months – about one year Martian – using seismic monitoring and underground temperature readings to unlock mystery about how Mars was formed, and by extension, the origin of the earth and other rocky systems of the internal solar system.
Although the earth's tectonics and other forces have eliminated most evidence of early history, much of the field – about one third of the size of the ground – is believed to have continued to a large extent, creating a geological time machine to scientists.
The first first NASA Mars landed in six years.
More to come
AAP, Washington Post