November 26, 2018 07:17
Updated November 26, 2018 7:46 am
The InSight space module, NASA's first mission to specifically explore the interior of Mars, successfully reached the surface of the red planet on Monday.
The control room of the NASA Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena (California, United States) received a signal that InSight landed at Mars at 11:53 am local time.
"I feel you, Mars, and soon I will know my heart, with this safe descent, I'm here, I'm at home," said the official Twitter profile, live and published on this social network InSight module. World trip since May.
NASA scientists and technicians in the control room in Pasadena reacted with great joy, applause and collective embrace of the news that InSight had successfully completed the space voyage.
In addition, NASA received the first photo from InSight by Mars at 11:58 am local time in Pasadena.
On Monday, InSight ended on a 485-million-kilometer journey, departing from the Vandenberg Air Base in California, this year, which set off on May 5.
Unlike other NASA missions that are focused on the surface or atmosphere of Mars, InSight's innovation is to explore the inner part of the planet to learn more about its original purpose, composition and evolution.
To do this, InSight has a seismograph and a probe to measure the internal activity and temperature of the planet, respectively, among other instruments.
In this respect, the operation of a mechanical excavator in the module, which is about five meters deep on the Martian surface, will be the basis.
InSight created and founded this Monday in a flat area of Mars, known as Elysium Planitia, where it will conduct its research activity.
InSight had to overcome NASA's call for a "seven-minute terror" in order to land successfully; His speed is up to five kilometers before beating, the precise and short phase of the mission where the module fell by 20,000 kilometers per hour to pass the Mars atmosphere.
InSight is scheduled to continue working on Mars for nearly two years.