Following their spectacular landing on the Red Planet Mars probe, InSight, everything happened according to plan: as the US space agency NASA announced on Monday (local time), it received a signal that InSight had installed its awnings. As the departure maneuvers in Mars rarely succeed, NASA staff have already celebrated the arrival of InSight's euphoria.
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Austrians are also involved: Geophysicist Günter Kargl (52) from the Graz Space Research Institute (see Interview) is involved in the development of the probe. He will also evaluate the data that Insight will send over the next two years. "The most important thing," says Karl AUSTRIA, "all systems work."
With Insight, Werner Gruber became Mars. A well-known physicist with a mission to Mars sent a coin with his name.
NASA announced that two InSight two round sun sails with a diameter of about 2.20 meters have already been collecting sunlight on Mars. In clean air probes can generate 700 watts of energy. "The InSight team can relax a bit more tonight – now we know that the awnings are unloaded and the batteries are being charged," said Tom Hoffmann, Project Manager at InSight.
A few minutes later InSight already sent the first Red Planet photo. Although the picture was very uncertain, it was probably due to dust clouds that were landing. In the coming days, InSight may be busy looking for suitable locations to place its gauge with a robot arm.
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NASA's boss Jim Bridenstine, apparently, was courageous about a successful departure from Mars's future missions: "Eventually, the day will come when we will leave people on Mars," he said.
The route's maneuver is so complex that only about 40 percent of the previous missions to the outermost planets of our solar system have been successful. NASA therefore spoke of "six-and-a-half-minute horror" before landing in "InSight." For landing, a seven-year probe trip through the room followed.
At a speed of 19,800 km / h, it got into the atmosphere of Mars, while the thermal shield temperature rose to 1500 degrees Celsius. When the probes fell off the shield, her three legs and her parachute came out and she swam swiftly to the surface of Mars.
In the next two years, scientists want to use the InSight stationary geophysical observatory to study for the first time the interior of Mars and its structure. It should measure possible shocks and earthquakes on the planet. The researchers hope, among other things, to discover how Mars was born billions of years ago.