Last night, 10 minutes of terrorism as InSight Mars Lander falls to the surface of Martian at 12,300 MPH, assured, but now the robotic science platform is secure and robust – and has sent back pictures to & # 39 w prove.
The first thing that was sent was couple pictures: Elysium Planitia, a rather boring airplane, is characteristic, though, nevertheless, perfect for drilling and InSight's seismic activity.
The images, taken with a Context Equipment Camera, are almost exciting on their own merits – a dirty landscape is seen through a tube. But when you consider it from an unexplored territory on a remote planet, and it's a Martian dust and rubble, including the lens, it's suddenly shocking!
Definitely it was very difficult, due to the intergalactic speed and creating perfect landing, but it was not the last challenge of InSight. After touching down, he needs to keep himself up and make sure that any of his components and instruments are damaged during the long and short trip to Mars.
And he got the first good news soon after landing, being exchanged via NASA's Odyssey spacecraft in an orbit: a partial self-show that it was all and ready to register. The image shows, among other things, the large mobile arm to bend on the bankside, and a large copper dome that covers some other components.
Telemetric data sent simultaneously shows that InSight has also successfully used its solar panels and a collective power to continue to operate. These fragile supporters are essential to the land, of course, and they are very excited to hear that they are working properly.
Here are the first many images the messenger will send, although unlike curiosity and other rest, he will not travel around taking pictures of everything he sees . Its data is collected from deep inside the planet, offering us a look at the planet – and its solar system – origin.