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Mars Touchdown: NASA spacecraft survives too supersonic

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press

Published Tuesday, November 27, 2018 10:52 EST

Last Updated, March 27, 2018 10:53 EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Minutes after touching down MarsThe NASA InSight space sends a "nice and dirty" snapshot from new banks back. Yet, the colorful image looked like artwork for scientists.

The flat and sandy ground image mainly revealed around the spacecraft with only one amazing rock visible.

"I'm really, very happy it looks like we have an incredible and safe landing location," said project manager Tom Hoffman, after a Monday exchange. "That's exactly what we were doing."

A better image came later and more expected in the days ahead, after the dust coverings were removed from the terrain cameras.

The ship arrived at Mars after a striking, supersonic cover through his red air that took a little six minutes.

"Touchdown confirmed!" A flight manager called just before 3 p.m. EST, abolishing NASA's Propulsion Jet Propulsion scientist supervision at Pasadena, California, which had remained blank for word to reach over 100 million miles (160 million kilometers) of space.

NASA's eighth successful clearance in Aberystwyth Mars since the Viking crew in 1976, and the first in six years. NASA curiosity, which arrived in 2012, is still moving forward Mars.

Due to the distance between the Earth a Mars, he took eight minutes to confirm and arrived, and was referred by a pair of small satellites that had been entering InSight through the six month, 300 million thousand (482 million kilometer) journey.

"Flawless," said JPL's main engineer, Rob Manning. "Sometimes things will work from your party."

InSight, an international $ 1 billion project, includes a German mechanical mason which will fall down 16 feet (5 meters) to measure Mars& Internal heat. The dryer has a German seismometer for measuring bees, if they exist on our less harmful, geological neighbor. Another experiment will be calculated Mars& Breaks out to reveal the core concentration of the planet.

During the late Monday, NASA said that the essential solar competitions for space were open and replacing its batteries.

Over the next "soliau" – or Martian days of 24 hours, 39 1/2 minutes – flight managers will assess the health of a vital robot branch and its InSight science instruments. It will take months to set up and correct the instruments, and lead scientist Bruce Banerdt said that he does not expect to start a stream of sound data until the end of spring.

Banerdt called the first InSight look at the surface of most science, although it was "nice and dirty." He said the image would be cleaned and the black specifications would disappear. That picture of a camera came down on the banks. On Monday, NASA released a clean picture taken by a higher camera that showed a part of the terrain and the landscape.

The InSight of 800-bunt (360-kilogram) is one and will operate from one location and location for the next two years, during the Martian year.

"In the months and even the next years, history books will be rewritten for the inside Mars, "Said JPL director, Michael Watkins.

NASA went to an old, simple look this time, using parachute and brake machines to have an InSight speed of 12,300 mph (19,800 kph) when they hit the Martian atmosphere, about 77 miles (114km) up to 5 mph (8kph) on touch. The danger was that the spacecraft could burn up in the atmosphere or bounce it off.

There are many Marswhich is being launched by the United States, Russia and other countries have been lost or destroyed over the years, with a successful rate of only 40 percent, without counting InSight.

The three legs InSight settled on the western side of Elysium Planitia, the plain NASA aimed at.

Museums, planetaries and libraries across the United States hosted watch and watch parties ending in JPL. NASA television broadcast was also shown on the big screen in New York Times Square, where crowds were huddled under umbrella in the rain.

"What incredible day to a country," says Jim Bridenstine, presiding over his first Mars landed as NASA manager.

MarsInside & save; provides a snapshot of what might appear on Earth following its formation 4.5 billion years ago, according to Banerdt. Although the Earth is active in seismic, Mars "He decided to rest on his laurels" after she formed, he said.

By exploring and mapping inside Mars, scientists are hoping to learn why the rock planets in our solar system turn out so differently and why the Earth became a home to life.

Still, there are no life detectors on the InSight board. NASA's next mission, the Mars 2020 rover, creates a bowl for rocks that could include evidence of ancient life. The question that life had ever existed MarsAnd the wet, aqueous past that keeps driving NASA back to the fourth rock of the sun.

After InSight ends, both experimental libraries have swell past Mars, their main job to do. One last photograph of the red planet took that the main satellite engineer, Andy Klesh, of the name "farewell to InSight … farewell Mars. "

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