NASA’S MARS INSIGHT LANDS ON A NEW MISSION TO TAKE THE PULSE OF THE RED PLANET

NASA’S MARS INSIGHT LANDS ON A NEW MISSION TO TAKE THE PULSE OF THE RED PLANET

 

The Mars InSight lander, which blasted off in May, touched down early on Tuesday morning AEDT.
Its landing was not quite as nail-biting as Curiosity’s, but it still carried an element of risk, said the mission’s deputy lead, Sue Smrekar, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

When it works, it looks smooth and easy — like a piece of cake — but in fact at least a third of missions that have been sent to Mars have failed,” Dr Smrekar said

 

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InSight is launching atop an Atlas V rocket with a Centaur for the orbital stage, operated by United Launch Alliance. After a six-month trip through space, the mission is to discover the secrets lying deep within the Red Planet using sensitive seismographs and a temperature probe that will bore into the surface. There’s also a pair of CubeSats hitching a ride to test how tiny spacecraft will perform outside Earth’s orbit.

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