NASA's InSight Lander touched Mars on November 26th and successfully expanded its large solar array for hours.
On the first day on the Red Planet, members of the mission team said that a solar-powered ship could generate more electricity in any vehicle owned by Mars in one day.
Tom Hoffman, project manager of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California (JPL), said,; It's great to record our first extraterrestrial record in Mars in our first full day. NAS [NASA’s InSight Mars Lander: Amazing Landing Day Photos!]
Diye However, being better than the success of generating more electricity than any mission before, is what it represents to fulfill our upcoming engineering tasks, "Hoffman added. "The 4,588 watt-hours we produced during Left 1 means we now have enough water to carry out these tasks and to advance through our science mission."
The NASA's on-line navigator, a nuclear radio system called a radioisotope thermoelectric generator, runs over a day of 4,580 watt-hours on a single day. Third, according to NASA officials, the solar-powered Phoenix lander, which produces 1800 watt-hours per day.
InSight had returned the first photo of the landing site and had to expand the two solar arrays, each approximately 7 feet (2.2 meters) in diameter, and had to photograph the environment and turn on the robot arm. Place seismometers and a heat probe to obtain information about the interior of the Mars.
And mission team members are busy examining the images they've received so far to learn more about the lava plain named Elysium Planitia in the landing area of InSight. They found that the spacecraft leaned about 4 degrees in a shallow crater filled with dust and sand. (This is not a big problem, the land can operate up to a 15-degree slope.) A steep slope could damage the spacecraft's ability to get enough power from the sun's rays, and getting close to the rocks could easily hold the spacecraft. The researchers said both sequences were opened.
"The science team hoped to land on a sandy area with a few rocks since we picked the landing zone, so we couldn't be happier," Hoffman said. "There are no runways or runways in Mars, so descending to an area with a large beach without a large beach should make it easier to place the instrument and offer a great place for mole to start."
So far, the team thinks that the near field has a few rocks, but later high-resolution images will give a more precise view of the environment after the spacecraft releases the net dust cover on the two cameras. The team will use these views to plan exactly how the spacecraft will place its tools with the mechanical arm.
In the statement, we look forward to high-resolution images to confirm this preliminary assessment, lüğü said InSight's main investigator, Bruce Banerdt. It points to a good way. "
The $ 850 million InSight mission is scheduled to run for a Mars year or almost two world years. NASA officials said the data collected by the landowner would help the mission team members match the inner structure of the Red Planet with an unprecedented detail. This information, in turn, should reveal important information about the formation of rocky planets in general.