Instead, it is expected to provide our best look yet at Mars' deep interior, which in turn will reveal clues about how terrestrial planets formed.
After safely landing on Mars following its almost seven month journey, Nasa has released the first pictures taken by its InSight spacecraft, which has opened it solar arrays to charge batteries. He is in charge of the InSight mission's robotic arm and hand. With the fins folded out, InSight is about the size of a big 1960s convertible, NASA said.
Confirmation of a successful touchdown is not the end of the challenges of landing on the Red Planet. Teledyne's image sensors will play a major role in helping scientists and engineers decide where to place the very specialized instruments to inform the best results of the study of Mars' interior. The lander touched down Monday, Nov. 26, near Mars' equator on the western side of a flat, smooth expanse of lava called Elysium Planitia, with a signal affirming a completed landing sequence at 11:52 a.m. PST (2:52 p.m. EST).
"A lot of people in the CubeSat community are looking at this mission to be a sort of pioneer and to see what they can achieve", she said. While the InSight lander began its surface operations immediately, science data collection will begin about 10 weeks after landing.
Now has his sights set on Mars.
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The CubeSats' mission objective is independent of InSight's.
This whole unpacking process as InSight settles into its new home will take about two to three months as the instruments begin functioning and sending back data. "When the first images come down, our engineering and science teams will hit the ground running, beginning to plan where to deploy our science instruments".
Anyway, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter relayed signals that the lander has been able to successfully deploy its solar panels after it landed on the Red Planet.
The two CubeSats that are now orbiting around Mars are nicknamed Wall-E and Eva, because they both use a compressed gas commonly found in fire extinguishers to push themselves through, just like the character from a 2008 Pixar animation. "The success of these two unique missions is a tribute to the hundreds of talented engineers and scientists who put their genius and labor into making this a great day".
"During that short span of time, InSight had to autonomously perform dozens of operations and do them flawlessly - and by all indications, that is exactly what our spacecraft did", Hoffman said.