NASA has released several stunning new images of Mars captured by the InSight Landing's robotic arm while taking pictures of their new workspace.
The space agency forwarded the photos to Twitter and its website as soon as it's done exploring the Elysium Planitia, the plane where the lander landed on November 26th.
"Raise your hand when you're on #Mars' new photo!" NASA wrote in a tweet. "These two tiny chips contain the names of more than 2.4 million people who have signed up to fly with us, we are ON MARS, you guys, you are all honorable Martians!"
MARS INSIGHT LANDER shows up FIRST IMAGE OF MARS
In another article, NASA wrote: "Step by step …
Well, I mean Having got out of hand, I can start to make a detail of my workspace's 3D map, the area in front of me where I can place my instruments, and learn more about what I've done and what's coming. "[1
In addition to taking pictures, the nearly six-meter-long arm is used to pick up scientific instruments from the lander deck, and the photos help the mission team determine where to put them smometer and the heat flux probe of the lander – "the only instruments ever robotically placed on the surface of another planet," NASA said.
There is also another camera on the lander, which cost $ 828 million, the Instrument Context Camera. This camera is located under the lander's deck, and although it was covered, dust managed to get to the lens, added Tom Hoffman of JPL, InSight's project manager.
"Although this is unfortunate, it does not affect the role of the camera, which is to take pictures of the area in front of the lander where our instruments are finally placed," said Hoffman.
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Since the InSight Lander settled on the Red Planet a week and a half ago, ending a six-month journey that more When it had covered 300 million kilometers, NASA was quite busy.
"About the Past In a year and a half, mission engineers have been testing these instruments and spacecraft systems to make sure they're alright," NASA said in the statement. "Some instruments even record data: A drop in air pressure, possibly caused by a passing dust devil, was detected by the pressure sensor, which together with a magnetometer and a set of wind and temperature sensors is part of an Auxiliary Payload Sensor Subsystem called Meteorological Gather data. "
The InSight Lander entered the atmosphere of Mars EST on November 26, just after 2:40 pm, touching the surface at about 10:54. EUROPEAN SUMMER TIME. The last part of the journey was the most fearful. NASA called it "seven minutes of terror" because the agency was unable to control the landing of the spacecraft.
As the lander descended, he was hit with extreme temperatures and speeds and forces. To prevent the vehicle from being damaged, NASA chose a landing pad called "vanilla ice cream", the flat and featureless Elysium Planitia.
The InSight Lander is the first spacecraft probe to hit the Red Planet six years after the Curiosity Rover landed in August 2012. The rover, which has a mileage of more than 12 miles, is currently the only one on the Martian surface is working. Launched in July 2003, the Opportunity Rover is currently inoperative due to a dust storm that the Red Planet experienced a few months ago.
The unmanned probe, built by Lockheed Martin, will penetrate deeper into the planet than anything else come before.
InSight (interior exploration with seismic surveys, geodesy, and heat transport) is also the first spacecraft to launch another planet from the west coast. The spacecraft launched on May 5, 2018 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 401 rocket.
NASA's last landing on Mars took place in 2012 when the Curiosity Rover launched the Red planet reached. The Rover, which has more than 12 miles on its mileage, is currently the only one working on the surface of Mars.
The space agency's older, smaller opportunity ran around up there until a global dust storm triggered it in June. The air traffic controllers have not given up hope that it will be revived.
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NASA's long-term goal is to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s. Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, however, considers a somewhat later target date of 2040 to be more realistic. In an interview in 2016, the Gemini 12 and the Apollo 11 astronaut told Fox News that by 2040, astronauts could have visited the Moon Moon Phobos of Mars, which could serve as a springboard for the Red Planet.
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Last month, the Space Agency announced that it had selected the location where its Mars 2020 Rover will land on the Red Planet becomes. The rover is expected to land on Mars on February 18, 2021.
James Rogers and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this article. Follow Chris Ciaccia on Twitter @Chris_Ciaccia