Washington, November 25 (EUROPA PRESS) .- A seven-minute downhill from the surface of Mars will result in seven months of NASA's InSight mission to Red Planet on November 26th.
InSight will reach the top of the Mars atmosphere at 19,800 kilometers per hour, and its three legs will reduce the speed of just 8 kilometers per hour before touching Mars soil. This extreme slowdown must take place in less than seven minutes.
Lockheed Martin, the main contractor in the construction of the InSight mission, has prepared a video detailing the properties of landing on the surface of Mars and the complexity it represents for space engineers.
Due to the speed and friction with the Mars atmosphere, the InSight thermal protection will withstand 1,500 degrees Celsius. When only three minutes remain for the landing at Elysium Planitia's perfect plain, the parachute will be opened, then the thermal shield will be separated and the three support legs of the new Mars laboratory will be activated. A minute before it touches the ground, retro rockets will slow down for a soft landing planned at 19.54 GMT.
NASA is a & # 39; beep & # 39; s from InSight & # 39;> 20.01, which is sent directly to the World from InSight, indicating that everything is going well and that the probe is running on the Mars surface. calculates the signal. Before 20.04 and probably the next day, the first InSight image will be taken off the surface of Mars. In 20.35, the distribution of solar panels from NASA's Mars Odyssey orbit must be verified.
The mission of this ship is not to act like the Meric or Opportunity vehicles that seek ancient moisture or biological traces, but to examine and fix the interior of Mars.
"The signatures of the processes of the formation of the planet can only be found by reading and reading the hidden evidence under the surface. InSight's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said Bruce Banerdt, InSight's main researcher, to study the depths of Mars, to address the vital signs of the planet. : Pulse, temperature and reflexes.
Taking these vital signs will help InSight's scientific team remember the solar system's rocky planets.