InSight: NASA prepares for “seven minutes of terror” on Monday

Probe InSight was almost 500 million kilometers and is ready to fall on the surface of Mars. It was launched on 5 may and now scientists from the jet propulsion Laboratory of NASA to produce final calculations of course. The probe itself landed on the Red planet in the night from 26 th to 27 th November, Moscow time. The action will not be easy. NASA will experience the infamous “seven minutes of terror”, which was remembered for the successful landing of “Curiosity” six years ago.

InSight pierces the Martian atmosphere at speeds 20 to 600 kilometers per hour and will slow to 12 miles an hour. In less than seven minutes. The probe will use technology landing involved in the successful Phoenix mission in 2008. First, to slow down, use the parachute, and then activated 12 engines and the probe is gently lowered on three legs.

Seven minutes braking

Work? Possible. A lot can go wrong. More than half of all Mars missions have failed. The European attempt to land a probe “Schiaparelli” ended in disaster in 2016 when a computer error sent it into an uncontrollable spin and he fell on the surface of Mars, leaving behind a crater.

Why is it important? Unlike other Rovers on the planet, InSight will be-ground to the surface of the red planet. Once in a safe position, he will conduct scientific experiments on earth, including HP3, which will put it at 5-6 meters below the surface to measure temperature. There will be other experiments that will search for traces of marzorati — read more about them we already wrote and will write further. It’s an amazing mission that will start in just a couple of days.

And that’s not all. Two tiny “cubsat” fly in the mission Mars Cube One for InSight. They will transfer data with the mission InSight in the mission control center at JPL.

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