NASA, InSight Lander, InSight captures first photo, InSight Landing on Mars
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So here is a heartbreaking news about NASA’s InSight lander which was in news from months. InSight lander is sent to Mars by The NASA in order to study the quakes and an inner layer of Mars. So after traveling long six months yesterday was the deciding day for InSight that it is going to land properly on Mars or not?

News channels were filled with the updates of InSight and Mars, so finally the result came out that InSight Successfully lands on Mars. NASA’s InSight Lander successfully touched the Surface of Mars on Monday. As soon as it landed on the Mars it clicked one picture and sent it back to the earth. Here is the tweet which is done by the InSight Lander’s Twitter account.

“My first picture on #Mars! My lens cover isn’t off yet, but I just had to show you the first look at my new home. More status updates:  #MarsLanding

See the video how it landed on Mars and how NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists were tensed about the landing of InSight Lander. The most overwhelming thing to see the happiness of crew after the successful landing on Mars.

NASA spacecraft was designed in such a way that it will be able to dig the surface of mars. The self hammering mole is going to burrow approximately five metres down in order to measure the heat producing inside the surface and seisometer is going to measure the scale of earthquakes happening. InSight covered six-months journey and covering approximately 482 million kilometers. Flight controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California were so happy after the success.

By doing so, scientists are examining how solar system and its planets were formed 4.5 billion years ago. This will reveal many secrets about the universe like why Mars is so hot whereas Venus is cold and dry.

“We’re trying to go back in time to the earliest stages of out planet,” Banerdt said. “The fingerprints of those early processes just aren’t here on the Earth.”

“Flawless,” declared JPL’s chief engineer, Rob Manning.

“This is what we really hoped and imagined in our mind’s eye,” he said. “Sometimes things work out in your favour.”

Now that it is safely on the surface, the real excitement begins, according to Lori Glaze, acting director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters. “Once InSight is settled on the Red Planet and its instruments are deployed, it will start collecting valuable information about the structure of Mars’ deep interior — information that will help us understand the formation and evolution of all rocky planets, including the one we call home,” she said.

This probe was built by Lockheed Martin to dig the surface of mars and it is unmanned probe so now the next big goal for NASA is to send Manned probe on Mars. However, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin thinks that a slightly later target date of 2040 is more realistic. 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.

Talking about the recent InSight, it provided real time updates.

InSight Lander Captures First Photo On Mars

NASA successfully lands on Mars, InSight captured the first photo
First photo captured by InSight Lander on Mars

How InSight Lander Landed On Mars?

The InSight Lander reached the surface of Mars after traveling six months after going 19,800 km/hr to zero in six minutes only. It used a parachute to go down and braking engines which slowed down the speed of InSight. Proper strategy and implementation lead to the successful landing on Mars. Radio signals confirmed the landing and just took eight minutes to pass the signal from Mars to Earth. It is the ninth attempt of NASA to land on Mars since 1976. Curiosity rover was the last rover which landed on Mars in 2012.

“Landing on Mars is one of the hardest single jobs that people have to do in planetary exploration,” said InSight’s lead scientist, Bruce Banerdt. “It’s such a difficult thing, it’s such a dangerous thing that there’s always a fairly uncomfortably large chance that something could go wrong.”

The U.S. has set the benchmark by doing seven Mars Landings which were successful, no other country has this much rate of success in the matter of landing on Mars as the success is rate is only 40%

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