NASA Spacecraft To Endure '7 Minutes of Terror' In Mars Landing

by Fredrick Graves November 27, 2018, 0:47
NASA Spacecraft To Endure '7 Minutes of Terror' In Mars Landing

The lander will spend 24 months - about one Martian year - using seismic monitoring and underground drilling to gather clues on how Mars formed and, by extension, the origins of Earth and other rocky planets of the inner solar system more than 4 billion years ago. It is created to carry out its mission from a stationary position, and it is expected to land and set up shop in an area known as the Elysium Planitia, which JPL officials dubbed "the biggest parking lot on Mars", providing a flat solid surface for the craft to do its work.

Mars landing: How and when to watch NASA InSight Mars "7 minutes of terror" Lander LIVE (Pic: NASA) What is the InSight Mars Lander?

No landing on Mars is easy.

The Mars InSight lander launched from California back in May. "The landing will kick off a two-year mission in which InSight will become the first spacecraft to study Mars' deep interior", explained NASA, on its website. The arrival marks the start of a two-year mission to study the heart of Mars-it will peer into the interior of the planet to provide scientists with a more detailed understanding of its crust, mantle and core.

Curiosity, Opportunity and Spirit have already provided scientists with a wealth of data on Mars from samples collected on the planet's surface, revealing the composition of its minerals and showing that the planet might have been capable of supporting life in the distant past.

On CBS' "Face The Nation" Sunday, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Steve Clarke said the space agency is looking to get humans to Mars sometime in the 2030s. However, a signal from MarCO takes several minutes to reach Earth traveling at the speed of light. It will fly through the Martian air at an initial speed of 12,300 miles per hour, and it must hit the atmosphere at an angle of precisely 12 degrees. Radio signals may be briefly lost. The angle of approach and speed are huge factors in ensuring a safe touchdown, and the roughly seven-minute window between InSight's entry into Mars' atmosphere and the actual touchdown are going to be incredibly tense.

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Since there is no joystick back on Earth for this spacecraft, and no way to intervene if anything goes wrong, Hoffman described his emotions as mixed.

"We have done everything we can think to make sure we are going to be successful, but you just never know what is going to happen".

Once InSight successfully lands - if it survives the perilous entry - it must be properly aligned with the sun to keep producing power and charging its batteries.

The $1 billion global effort calls for the robotic geologist to explore Mars' mysterious interior.

Spain's Centro de Astrobiologia made the spacecraft's wind sensors. "The seismometer is what allows us to see deep into the planet, to have insight into the planet, and it uses the seismic waves that are generated by marsquakes".

"If you were a Martian coming to explore Earth's interior like we are exploring Mars's interior, it wouldn't matter if you put down in the middle of Kansas or the beaches of Oahu", Bruce Banerdt, from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a statement. In an interview in 2016, the Gemini 12 and Apollo 11 astronaut told Fox News that by 2040, astronauts could have visited Mars' moon Phobos, which could serve as a sort of stepping stone to the Red Planet.

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