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TechnologyMars landing comes down to final 6 minutes of 6-month trip

21:40  21 november  2018
21:40  21 november  2018 Source:   msn.com

Scientists finally know where they're sending the new Mars Rover

Scientists finally know where they're sending the new Mars Rover The ExoMars rover will land on a clay-rich plain, drilling into the Martian surface to hunt for signs of life.

It all comes down to the final six minutes of a six - month journey to Mars . Shortly after the white nylon chute opens with a yank, InSight ditches its heat shield and unfolds its three legs. After two minutes of descending under the parachute, the spacecraft, still supersonic, starts using radar to

It all comes down to the final six minutes of a six - month journey to Mars .

Mars landing comes down to final 6 minutes of 6-month trip © The Associated Press This illustration made available by NASA in October 2016 shows an illustration of NASA's InSight lander.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — For NASA's InSight spacecraft, it all comes down to the final six minutes of a six-month journey to Mars.

The lander will enter the Martian atmosphere at supersonic speed, then hit the brakes to get to a soft, safe landing on the alien red plains.

After micromanaging every step of the way, flight controllers will be powerless over what happens at the end of the road Monday, nearly 100 million miles (160 million kilometers) away.

Project manager Tom Hoffman says by the time they hear anything, the whole thing will be over. The communication lag between Mars and Earth is eight minutes.

If all goes well, the lander will spend the next two years digging into Mars and doing other experiments.

The Mars InSight robot just placed its first instrument on Mars’ surface.
NASA's Mars InSight mission is moving along at a rapid pace. After landing on the planet just a few weeks ago, InSight has spent its days observing its new living space and sending back photos of the ground surrounding it. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); NASA’s InSight team has been practicing the tricky task of placing the robot’s sensitive instruments on the surface.

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