It's a hectic time for NASA, and since the Agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) celebrated the successful touchdown of its…
It’s a hectic time for NASA, and since the Agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) celebrated the successful touchdown of its InSight Mars landlord today (November 26), the agency’s administrator Jim Bridenstine is focused on the future.
Bridenstine shared some words from the busy mission control center and moved from the celebration to talking to NASA TV.
“I’ll tell you, it was intense and you could feel the feelings,” told Bridenstine Gay Yee Hill, a spokesman for JPL, during landing’s webcast. “It was very quiet when it was time to be quiet and of course very celebration with every little bit of information received. It’s very different to be here than to watch it on TV, by far. I can tell you it’s surely now that I have experienced both. “[NASA̵
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Bridenstine added that immediately after landing was confirmed, he received a call from a number that came up” with all the zeros “on his phone. It turned out to be Mike Pence, US Vice President, and congratulations on the team. Pence is also chairman of the National Space Council.
InSight’s successful landing after a nearly six-month trip is hugely significant for Mars researchers who now have a tool to search deeper into the planet than ever before . After its sunshine has been successfully installed, the landlord will distinguish under the surface of the planet and measure meteoric impact and other seismic activity to learn Mars’s internal structure. Researchers said during the webcast that the first scientific data should come around in March 2019.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine receives a congratulations from Vice President Mike Pence after confirming the successful landing of the Agency’s InSight spacecraft on Mars, November 26, 2018 at the Mission Support Area of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
Credit: NASA / Bill Ingalls
Looking forward to the future of the Agency, Bridenstine steered a long list of upcoming NASA events: An American astronaut launches the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz Spacecraft on December 3, the first science data from Parker Solar Probe will be back on December 7, and OSIRIS-REX will reach the asteroid Bennu at the end of December.
Since January 1, the new Horizonsound who flew at Pluto in July 2015 will reach the remote Object Ultima Thule solar system, sending back photos taken close by the unbelievably gone object.
“You ask what’s next?” Bridenstine sa. “Right now on NASA, there’s more going on than [since] I do not know how many years passed. It’s as if there’s a drought and suddenly all of these activities at once. So we’re busy. Will work through the holiday – many amazing discoveries will be made and we are looking forward to them. “
Coming back to InSight, Bridenstine added that everything we learn about Mars, as if it has water under its surface, helps people eventually visit and access to resources on the planet. He added that the agency’s current directive is to send people back to the moon first, that “we must use the moon as a provocative reason to accelerate our path to Mars” – but “in the meantime, we are commissioned by InSight to learn so much about Mars as possible. “
By a press release later in the day, Bridenstine long talked about NASA’s moon exploration plans, but stressed again that Mars was on the horizon.
“We are proving the ability and technology to go to Mars even faster than we could go if we did not use the moon as a tool,” Bridenstine says. “The reality is yes, your nation is currently keen to come to Mars and use the moon as a tool to achieve that goal as fast as possible. “