Thursday , December 3 2020

Ready for an InSight mission on Mars; lands on Monday

InSight flew from Vadenberg Air Force Base. Photo: Pixabay

InSight flew from Vadenberg Air Force Base. Photo: Pixabay


The spacecraft InSight is preparing for a soft landing on the surface of Mars next November 26, so scientists are careful about the data from the trajectory of the new mission of NASA.

Thomas Zurbuheen, an associate director of the Science Missions Directorate at the headquarters of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Washington, said that "entering Mars is difficult. This requires skills, focus and years of preparation. "

InSight, the first mission to study the deep interior of Mars, flew off Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California on May 5.

It is believed to reach the top of the Mars atmosphere 19,800 kilometers per hour and reduce the speed to eight kilometers an hour before her three legs touch the floor of the "red planet."

This extreme delay must happen in just seven minutes. After this time of disembarkation in the dangerous atmosphere of Mars, InSight will touch the Martian soil on Monday at about 20:00 GMT, the US space agency said on its website in Spanish.

Mars landing is exciting, but scientists are waiting a moment after "InSight" enters, "said Laurie Glaze, acting director of the Planetary Science Department at NASA's headquarters.

He claims that once the spacecraft has established itself on the "red planet" and its tools are deployed will begin to collect information valuable to the structure of the deep interior of what will help to understand the formation and evolution of all rocky planets.

** Notimex


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