NASA's first robotic land, designed to study the deep interior of a distant world, is now approaching a convergence point in Mars after a six-month journey from space.
The Mars InSight spaceship, which has traveled 548 million kilometers across the world, is expected to reach the AEDT on Tuesday at 7 am on the dusty, rocky surface of the Red Planet.
NASA's mission control team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Los Angeles was ready to make a final adjustment to maneuvering the spacecraft at the entry point on Mars in the flight path of InSight. .
If everything goes to plan, the InSight pink Martian will enter the sky at about 19.310km / h after about 24 hours.
Its 123km landing will be slowed by atmospheric friction, a giant parachute and retro rockets.
The stationary probe, launched in May from California, will then wait 16 minutes for the dust to stand around the landing site before the disc-shaped solar arrays to provide power.
Engineers hope to receive real-time electronic approval from miniature satellites launched with InSight to launch the spacecraft safe entry, which will fly Mars.
The JPL controllers are also waiting to take a picture of the perimeter of the probe on the flat, plain Marshal plain called the Elysium Planitia, the equator of the planet.
The site is about 600km away from the automobile-size Mars explorer Curiosity's 2012 landing point, the last spacecraft sent to NASA by Red Planet.
Smaller 360kg InSight points to the discovery of the 21st Mars, launched by the US, including the Mariner flying missions of the 1960s.
About two dozen other Mars missions were sent from other nationalities.
InSight is the first dedicated to unlock secrets under the surface of Mars. A year of Mars – about a year of Mars – using seismic monitoring and underground drilling to collect clues about how Mars was formed, and the Earth's more than four billion years ago and other heartfelt sun. system will spend the origins of other rocky planets.
InSight's primary instrument is a highly sensitive French-made seismometer designed to detect "vibrations" and the slightest vibrations from meteor effects.
Throughout the course of the mission, scientists expect to see a dozen to a dozen producing data to reveal the size, density, and composition of the planet.