Published: Sat, November 24, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

NASA's Mars lander to touch down in five days

NASA's Mars lander to touch down in five days

The evening of November 26 research center of NASA, "jet propulsion Laboratory" (JPL) will live-blog the process of landing on the surface of the fourth planet from the Sun Mars lander InSight.

"We're really excited. There's nothing as exciting as landing on Mars". It will land in Elysium Planitia, which is near the equator of Mars.

The landing will kick off a two-year mission in which InSight will become the first spacecraft to study Mars' deep interior.

The lander was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central coast of California on May 5, 2018 and has been hurtling through space towards our closest neighbour ever since. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander created to study the "inner space" of Mars: its crust, mantle, and core. It's taken just over six months to reach Mars. "This is important for understanding the similarities and differences between Earth, Mars, and other rocky planets", Dr. Sean McMahon, a geobiologist from the University of Edinburg, was quoted as saying. The primary mission is to help scientists better understand how Mars turned into a dry, barren planet.

Unlike other ventures, the lander will remain in a fixed position. Instead, it will use a number of instruments and its seven-foot-long robotic arm to drill about 16 feet below the surface.

On the NASA channel-stream from JPL procedures directly without video the landing, but with the audio of all commands and confirmations.

Make sure you visit Metro.co.uk on the day as well to get all the news about this historic Mars landing. Lockheed Martin Space in Denver built the InSight spacecraft, including its cruise stage and lander, and supports spacecraft operations for the mission. After that, the lander will enter Mars at a speed of 13,000 miles per hour, heating its shield to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. This will allow it to ping the planet and measure its distance from the surface.

"The delta is a good place for evidence of life to be deposited and then preserved for the billions of years that have elapsed since this lake was present", Mars 2020 project scientist Ken Farley explained.

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