The six-month journey in space is over. Prob has landed in Insight, Mars.
Update: Nasafarkosten made a successful landing on Mars.
The original text: Nasafarkosten was sent from California in May and currently secures a total of 548 million kilometers.
The Swedish clock is expected to disappear on the dusty red rocky surface at 21. At the bottom of this article, the live stream of the experiment was placed.
If everything goes as expected, the Insight will enter the Mars atmosphere at 19,310 kilometers per hour. Travel to solid soil, friction of the atmosphere, a large parachute and brake rockets are blocked. After six and a half minutes, the speed will be down to 8 kilometers per hour.
For 16 minutes, it will wait for dust to settle before opening circular solar panels.
Drill in the field
The NASA control room Jet Drive Laboratory (JPL) staff in Los Angeles hopes to track down the landing in real time from two small satellites. They were sent at the same time as Insight and were flying by Mars.
Staff landing on the Elysium Planitia plateau near Mars Equator can even take pictures of the crafts and its surroundings. The landing site is about 600 kilometers away from the place where the owner wondered in 2012. The last legs of a Red Tribune of Nazareth were on the red planet.
Insight's mission is a few and exciting. For 24 months, around a March, the earthquake will be used by a drill to dig the secrets about the equipment and how the planet was formed. In the long run, researchers can lead to a better understanding of how the earth and other rocky planets were once created in the interior of our solar system.
Insider Project leader Bruce Banerdt told reporters last week,; It helps us understand how we ended up here,, he said.
Geological time machine
While continental plates destroy most of the earth, it is believed that Mars is intact on the ground and turned into a geological time machine.
The main instrument is a "Mars Earthquakes" and a high-precision seismometer that measures the meteorite effects. Researchers wait between a dozen and 100 shakes to help them understand the size, density, and composition of the planet.
Insight is also equipped with a German-made drill to measure the temperature and then drill five meters to the ground. In addition, the Instrument collects data about the rotation of the Mars, in the case of fluid and trying to uncover the size of the planet's nucleus.