During this long Thanksgiving weekend, it will certainly be a lot to watch favorite football teams throughout the country, but NASA looks forward to a touchdown of another kind on Monday. NASA has announced that its Mars Interior Exploration using seismic surveys or InSight Lander is set for a soft touchdown on the surface of the red planet on November 26th.
During the holiday weekend, NASA engineers will not be able to party on turkey alone; They will also watch the data stream from spacecraft to make sure the landlord is healthy and stays on landing course. The team will also monitor the weather on Mars to ensure that nature will not affect landing of InSight.
It has been a very long journey for InSight to lift off May 5 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The team says that so far, the flight to Mars has been uneven without any noted problems. The most challenging part of the entire mission lies ahead, for landing on Mars is no easy task.
When InSight first reaches Mars’s atmosphere, the craft will travel 1
2 300 mph. Before the spacecraft touches the surface seven minutes later it must slow down to 5 mph. The entire landing process is preprogrammed without the help of NASA’s personnel on Earth.
The engineers will know if InSight works well, Mars Cube One (MarCO) The CubeSat mission is in circulation around March and will forward data back to earth from InSight. Team at JPL and Lockheed Martin Space will be able to determine how InSight did during landing eight minutes after landing operations are completed. When this landing is complete, the real InSight mission will begin.