Successful Landing of NASA’s InSight on Mars Start of Two-Year Exploration

NASA has confirmed that SpaceX will be sending its rocket in June 2019. Credit Twitter

NASA has confirmed that SpaceX will be sending its rocket in June 2019. Credit Twitter

NASA releases 1st clear image from InSight probe's mission to Mars (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) NASA's InSight probe safely landed on Mars Monday after a tense seven-minute descent.

The Timken Company has a manufacturing facility and Samson Rope is headquartered in Ferndale, and both have a history of involvement with space rovers and shuttle missions.

Samson is behind the synthetic rope serving various other purposes on the space station, shuttles and landers.

Confirmation of a successful touchdown is not the end of the challenges of landing on the Red Planet. "I like to think of of a quake being like a flashbulb that goes off, and it illuminates the inside of the planet, and the seismometers are our eyes that allow us to start to see the structure deep inside a planet". NASA will use radio telescopes in Green Bank, West Virginia and also in Germany to listen out for radio signals from InSight.

The MarCOs have also supported scientific exploration at Mars, even though they do not carry any scientific equipment.

The three-legged InSight settled on the western side of Elysium Planitia, the plain that NASA was aiming for.

The landing went largely as expected.

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"Mars is kind of a unique laboratory for us - a planetary laboratory - in that it's gone through all the very initial processes of planetary formation, back 4 1/2 billion years ago". As a result of the distance, there could be no human supervision as the lander entered the atmosphere, deployed its parachutes, chose the exact spot to land, fired its landing thrusters and softly touched down. "Mars is hard", Thomas Zurbuchen, Nasa associate administrator for the science mission directorate, said on Sunday. Dozens of operations and thousands of lines of code were pre-programmed into the machinery and memory of the spacecraft and by all accounts they executed perfectly.

InSight contains key instruments that were contributed by several European space agencies. NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter relayed the signals of the landing, which were received on Earth this morning.

MarCO-B took this image of Mars from about 4,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) away during its flyby of the planet on November 26, 2018.

" ... about two or three-hundred miles away". Since landing, it has taken two photos and sent them back as postcards to Earth, showing off its new home. They are created to cut out the instant the probe lands because if they don't it will tip over.

It's a great feat, as only 40 percent of missions to Mars have been successful.

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