Today, for the first time in six years, Mars will see a guestfrom our planet. The NASA InSight probe will attempt to gently sit on the surface of the Red Planet to activate its scientific instruments and engage in experiments that will take place over the next few years. And if you're lucky - longer. Details of the probe can be studied here, and the broadcast of the landing itself will go live. Here we will collect everything that happens with the probe, including real-time updates.
Insight (Interior Exploration using SeismicInvestigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) will not search for life on Mars. However, exploring the interior of the planet - what it is made of, how the material is layered, and how much heat passes through it - it will help scientists understand how the original materials of the planet allow us to support life.
Measuring the internal temperature of Mars using a probe called the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3), InSight can help explain how heat forms the surface of the planet, making it more or less suitable for living over time.
Radio experiment RISE (Rotation and Structure Experiment) helps InSight scientists measure Mars oscillations. Combined with data on the layers and the warmth of the planet, these findings will make it possible to understand how Mars lost its magnetic field.
Seismometer (SEIS), helps to understand how earthquakes - which can be caused not only by tectonic actions - pass through Mars.
Mars fluctuation, tectonic activity and heat flow - these three points will help us to find out why our planetary neighbor did not become like our planet, although it had every chance.
NASA Live Stream:
Interactive video from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Flight Control Center (JPL)
- The device dropped the marching stage and turned with a heat shield toward the atmosphere of the planet;
- The temperature of the heat shield is 1500 degrees Celsius;
- Opening parachute;
- Preparation of resetting the heat shield has started;
- The module radar is aimed exactly at the surface;
- Confirm soft landing. The Insight module made a soft landing on Mars;
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