NASA's Mars Lander Will Have Two Very Busy Years –


On Monday, people around the world watched the live broadcast of the InSight Mars landing.

The lander survived what scientists call "seven minutes of terror" when landing on the red planet.

The same scientists then celebrate some of the most awkward social interactions once recorded on live TV.

I will give it to them, though – they just land something on Mars.

Now the lander is on the ground safely, here is CNN with what's next:

Unlike rovers that are already on the surface of Mars, the InSight will remain in the planned two-year mission.

InSight is busy. Since the landing, he has taken two photos and sent him back as a postcard to Earth, showing off his new home. This initial image is grainy because the dust shield has not been removed from the camera lens.

The InSights solar array has stretched, which will provide craft – roughly the size of the 1960's convertible – with strength during its residency.

"We are solar powered, so making arrays and operating is a big problem," said InSight project manager Tom Hoffman at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

"With arrays that provide energy, we need to start cool science operations. We are on a journey to thoroughly investigate what is on Mars for the first time. "

On a sunny day, the panel will provide an Insight with between 600 and 700 watts, which is roughly enough to ignite a standard kitchen blender. In more dusty conditions, the panel will still be able to produce between 200 and 300 watts.

A series of geophysical instruments will measure Martian internal activities such as seismology and shake when the sun and its moon attract the planet.

These instruments include a Seismic Experiment for Interior Structures to investigate what causes seismic waves on Mars, Heat Flow and Physical Property Packages to dig beneath the surface and determine the heat flowing out of the planet and Interior Structure Rotation and Experiments to use radio to study the planet's core .

InSight will be able to measure earthquakes that occur anywhere on the planet. And it's capable of hammering the probe to the surface.

The data sent back by InSight will help determine the temperature of Mars and the geological activity below the crust, does it still have a hot liquid core, and what makes the Earth so special when compared.

First data is not expected until March.

We will keep you posted.



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