The InSight Lander Of NASA Has Arrived Its Destination

Safely on Mars, InSight unfolds its arrays and snaps some pics

Why NASA's InSight landing was a triumph of human achievement

The touchdown was near Mars' equator on the western side of a flat, smooth expanse of lava called Elysium Planitia, with a signal affirming a completed landing sequence at about 1.23 a.m. IST.

Dr. Trebi-Ollennu designed the robotic arm, which will dig deep beneath the surface of the planet to see explore how it was formed.

Ghanaians and Americans have jubilated over a spacecraft which landed in Mars.


NASA has launched its InSight in May of this year.

What will the stationary craft do until November 24, 2020? "It's given them valuable experience on every facet of building, testing and operating a spacecraft in deep space".

It was the first time in history a spacecraft's journey was documented this way. That process was programmed to begin about 16 minutes after landing and take another 16 minutes to complete.

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Nasa has not said anything about the condition of the other instruments on board, which include a French-made seismometer to study Marsquakes and a German self-hammering mole to measure heat's escape from the planet.

This is why the information InSight sends back about its landing site is crucial. The lander will soon start the work, thinking that the solar panels of the lander have as well deployed correctly, and for the first time it will give us a look in the inside of the planet. InSight has also begun its surface operations and instrument deployment phase.

According to NASA, twin CubeSats used their experimental radios and antennas to provide an alternate way for NASA scientists to keep an eye on InSight's landing. Since the lander does not need much power to operate, the low 600-700 W provided by them because of the weaker sunlight on Mars is sufficient to operate the instruments on the lander. "To be able to be a part of it, even in a small way even, is really kind of wonderful". Since landing, it has taken two photos and sent them back as postcards to Earth, showing off its new home.

In the coming days, the mission team will unstow InSight's robotic arm and use the attached camera to snap photos of the ground so that engineers can decide where to place the spacecraft's scientific instruments.

"The InSight team can rest a little easier tonight now that we know the spacecraft solar arrays are deployed and recharging the batteries", said Tom Hoffman, InSight's project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

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