PASADENA, Calif. – When InSight NASA arrived outside that terminal yard line on Tuesday, yesterday, there were moods, tears, hugs and handbags to mark the successful landing.
But did you see the dance touch? Blink and you may lose it in the re-video. Hand slaps, pumping, high dancing? Yes, it's happening. And it's dear!
"It's actually a touch event," said Gene Bonfiglio, one of two access engineers, the advent and NASA landing systems that caught our hearts with Mars's dancing. I throw her hand in the sky as a football referee. "You know, like, Touchdown! & # 39;" [NASA’s InSight Mars Lander: Full Coverage]
"As in the NFL," added Brooke Harper, who performed the dance with Bonfiglio. "We thought it was very fit to have a touch celebration for Mars's official tangle's touch."
And it was fit for him. When the signal arrived confirming the secure touch of InSight Lander on Mars to reach NASA's mission management center at this agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Monday (November 26), Bonfiglio and Harper raised their seats into one of three long lines of consoles and & # 39 are launching in normal order.
It was a touch dance, so it's not surprising that the engineers are inspired by watching NFL games.
"We're just football fans," said Bonfiglio at Space.com. The New England Patriots fan. Harper Roots for Kansas City Head Teachers. "And we give each other's hard time," said Bonfiglio.
Bonfiglio and Harper decided to make the dance months back, while InSight still flew towards Mars. But what kind of dance should they do?
Bonfiglio then saw some football fans performing the dance on TV. His wife loved him. His son, too. And when Mars InSight's touchdown celebration was won.
The two engineers exerted for weeks to help InSight celebrate his big day. And yes, there was some concern about jinxing the landing by planning ahead for success.
"We have our small superstitions, like everyone," says Harper. "For me, definitely, I had some doubts. But I had confidence in our teams and spacecraft. We went on."
And as an InSight knocked up, Bonfiglio and Harper sailed their dance to celebrate. The rest, as they say, is history.
You can see some of the amazing InSight Mars Update here.
The NASA Land InSight Mars launched the Red Planet in May and will spend around two years Earth (approximately one year Mars) that is studying a Marsian interior with a series of seismometrists, a heat auditor and other instruments . Scientists hope that the $ 850 million mission will help them to better understand how Mars formed, and answer questions about the formation of other rocky, earthly planets.