Washington, Nov. 25 (EUROPA PRESS) .- Seven minutes of dazzling landing on Mars is celebrating this November 26, NASA's InSight mission to the Red Planet for seven months.
InSight reaches the top of the March Atmosphere 19,800 kilometers per hour and reduces its speed to just 8 kilometers an hour before its three feet touch Mars Island. This extreme slowdown must take place in less than seven minutes.
Lockheed Martin, the main contractor for the construction of the InSight mission, has produced a video that explains in detail Mars's landing properties and the complexity it represents for space technicians.
Speed and friction due to the Martian atmosphere, the InSight thermal cover lasts 1500 degrees. When the entire plateau of Elysium Planitia lands for only three minutes, the parachute opens, after which the heat shield is removed and the three support legs of the new martial laboratory are introduced. Approximately one minute before touching the ground, the retror packets begin to slow down for a smooth landing scheduled at 19.54 GMT.
NASA calculates a beep signal sent from InSight to Earth on 20 January, indicating that everything has gone well and that the sensor works on the Mars surface. Before 20.04, and possibly the next day, the first InSight image will be received from the Mars surface. At 20.35, the reinforcement of NASA's Mars Odyssey-Orbiter solar panels should arrive.
The task of this ship is not to move like curiosity or opportunities that seek traces of ancient moisture or biological, but explore the interior of Mars that is attached to the ground.
"InSight's mission is to explore the deep interior of Mars, which takes on the important brands of the planet: its pulse, temperature and reflexes," InSight's main track, Bruce Banerdt, tells NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, "NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Providing these vital signs will help InSight's scientific team to remember the moment when the solar system's rock formations were formed.