VESTAL (WBNG) – It was an exciting day for astronomers as NASA's Insight spacecraft made a historic landing on Mars…
VESTAL (WBNG) – It was an exciting day for astronomers as NASA’s Insight spacecraft made a historic landing on Mars Monday.
Millions around the country saw the spacecraft land on the red planet, including in southern tiers. 19659002] A clock party was held at the Kopernik Observatory and Science Center in Vestal for people in our society.
“This is very exciting, this is the latest mission to Mars since 2012 since” Curiosity “, the very big rover, landed”, says Drew Deskur, Managing Director of the Kopernik Observatory.
The event featured lovers from all over New York, including Nicholas Apostoleris and his family, who traveled from Lima to watch Mars landing live. [1
9659002] “We have been following Insight for weeks and we said this is worth a day off school and half a day of work and driving down and experiencing the thrill of hopefully a successful landing,” said the apostolist.  Experts say space exploration is fun to watch, there is always a risk of something going wrong.
The pressure felt during the moments leading to landing, known to astronauts as “Seven Minutes of Terror”.  “Over half of missions to Mars have failed after they landed,” says Deskur. “We will not know until seven minutes later, Insight has landed safely because it takes seven minutes for the radio waves, moving at the speed of light, to come back to earth,” says Deskur.
Someone who attended the event acknowledged that they were nervous when they were waiting for the spacecraft to land.
“I was quite excited about it. There was a lot on the line and it looks like it went really well,” said the apostolist.
After looking at the successful landing, the participants were allowed to watch the NASA artifacts exhibition at the observatory. Among them, a 3D wall painting of Mars, where people can learn the story of the exploration of the planet.
Participants at the Kopernick Observatory also learned more about the creation of the Insight spacecraft.
The Observatory says it hopes Landing will inspire future astronomers in our area.
“We hope to excite children in high school right now because they are the ones who will be the first to actually go to Mars,” says Deskur. 19659002] Insight becomes the first spacecraft to study Mars’ geology.