What’s next for NASA’s Mars InSight lander?

NASA’s In Sight Lander Takes First Images after Touching Down at Mars

One of the first images taken by the Mars In Sight lander. Credit NASA JPL-Caltech

It shows the horizon of the red planet and dust particles.

The spacecraft has been created to dig deep into the rocky surface of the Red Planet to reveal its secrets.

Mars' well-preserved interior provides a snapshot of what Earth may have looked like following its formation 4.5 billion years ago, according to Banerdt. Over the next few "sols" - or Martian days of 24 hours, 39½ minutes - flight controllers will assess the health of InSight's all-important robot arm and its science instruments.

The photograph which portrays the InSight spacecraft in the front and Martian surface in addition is an implausible observation at a world that has terminated most of the landers that have attempted to journey there.

In the ongoing development of research and fascination in space exploration and Mars, the most similar planet in our solar system to Earth, it seems like Green Day have made their mark there already. Such studies will be conducted for the first time in history.

Together, these instruments will study geological processes, said Bruce Banerdt, InSight's principal investigator at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The 360kg (880 pounds) InSight - its name is short for Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport - marks the 21st U.S. -launched Mars mission, dating back to the Mariner fly-bys of the 1960s.

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The Nasa Viking probes of the mid-1970s were equipped with seismometers, too, but they were bolted to the top of the landers, a design that was largely ineffective.

InSight's primary instrument is a French-built seismometer, created to record the slightest vibrations from "marsquakes" and meteor impacts around the planet.

A pair of cameras will help Earth-based scientists see the deployment of the instruments.

This latest successful mission to Mars is a welcome demonstration of the power of human foresight and scientific planning, in the face of the promotion of irrationalism and anti-science prejudice by both the political right and the pseudo-left.

The NASA website explains how the InSight project is operated, including partnerships with European space agencies.

The suite of geophysical instruments will take measurements of Mars' internal activity like seismology and the wobble as the sun and its moons tug on the planet.
NASA's two cubesats were able to monitor InSight as it landed, these experimental satellites were useful because they sent live data back to Earth even while InSight was performing atmospheric entry.

Future deep space missions are now expected to increasingly adopt this technology.

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