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TechnologyNASA likens Mars InSight lander parking spot to kale salad

07:05  06 november  2018
07:05  06 november  2018 Source:   cnet.com

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NASA 's Mars rovers have sent back haunting images of rugged hills and ridges and rock-strewn fields. The space agency's next Mars visitor will have a lot less to look at it. While NASA equates the landing spot to a stadium parking lot, the humdrum landscape is really the perfect place for InSight .

NASA ’s Mars rovers have sent back haunting images of rugged hills and ridges and rock-strewn fields. The space agency’s next Mars visitor will have a lot less to look at it. While NASA equates the landing spot to a stadium parking lot, the humdrum landscape is really the perfect place for InSight .

NASA likens Mars InSight lander parking spot to kale salad© CNET This illustration shows what InSight's landing on Mars might look like.

NASA's Mars rovers have sent back haunting images of rugged hills and ridges and rock-strewn fields. The space agency's next Mars visitor will have a lot less to look at it.

The InSight mission is scheduled to touch down on the red planet Nov. 26 and NASA is aiming for an intentionally dull-looking landing spot. Elysium Planitia is a lava plain located near the equator. It's relatively smooth and free of rocks that could upset the three-legged lander.

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NASA ' s InSight lander hit Mars on Monday at 2:54 p.m. ET. © NASA The first image the lander sent back right after it made its successful landing was obstructed and difficult to make out because the lens cap was still on the camera but with the cap off the photos are far more clear now.

NASA 's InSight makes its grand entrance through It will be the first American spacecraft to land since the Curiosity rover in 2012 and the first dedicated to The US space agency's unmanned Mars Insight lander , which touched down on the Red Planet last month, has successfully deployed its key

"If Elysium Planitia were a salad, it would consist of romaine lettuce and kale -- no dressing," InSight principal investigator Bruce Banerdt said in a news release Monday. "If it were an ice cream, it would be vanilla."

While NASA equates the landing spot to a stadium parking lot, the humdrum landscape is really the perfect place for InSight.

Unlike NASA's famous Opportunity and Curiosity missions, InSight isn't a rover capable of rolling around. It'll stay in one spot to investigate the interior of Mars, take its temperature and study potential "Marsquakes."

Elysium Planitia will provide plenty of sun for the lander's solar panels. It's also expected to be a good place for InSight's burrowing probe, which will need to dig down to 16 feet (5 meters) below the surface to measure the heat coming from Mars' interior.

Mars getting 1st US visitor in years, a 3-legged geologist

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InSight should provide our best look yet at Mars ' deep interior. The probe is equipped with a mechanical mole to tunnel underground to measure The US space agency's unmanned Mars Insight lander , which touched down on the Red Planet last month, has successfully deployed its key

For the first time in six years, a new mission is about to land on Mars . On November 26, NASA 's Mars InSight lander will touch down on the Red Planet at 3 p.m. EST.

InSight will be able to send back images of its surroundings, but the real science will take place out of sight. "The beauty of this mission is happening below the surface," says Banerdt.

Insight launched in early May and will be the latest mark of NASA's presence on the planet. The Curiosity rover is the only machine that's still functioning on the surface as the space agency continues to reach out to its silent Opportunity rover.

NASA likens Mars InSight lander parking spot to kale salad© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. insightlander

Mars InSight deploys French-made quake sensor on Red Planet.
The US space agency's unmanned Mars Insight lander, which touched down on the Red Planet last month, has successfully deployed its key, quake-sensing instrument on the alien world's surface, NASA said Thursday. The seismometer, known as the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure, or SEIS, was made by the French space agency, CNES. "Seismometer deployment is as important as landing InSight on Mars," said InSight principal investigator Bruce Banerdt of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "The seismometer is the highest-priority instrument on InSight: We need it in order to complete about three-quarters of our science objectives.

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