Sensor tremors (marzorati, so to speak) probe InSight arose on the Red planet at a slight angle. Experts hope that the spacecraft will work as expected. This was stated by the official representatives of NASA. Lander InSight cost nearly a billion dollars arrived at Mars on Monday and landed in the lava plains of Elysium Planitia for a two-year mission aimed at a better understanding of the processes that created nearest to the Earth planet.
“The spacecraft landed at a slight angle (about 4 degrees) filled with fine dust and sand crater”, NASA said in a statement.
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InSight was designed to work on surfaces with an inclination up to 15 degrees. Therefore, experts expect that two of its main tool — sensor shocks and samozaryadnyj probe to measure heat below the surface — will work fine.
“We were lucky,” says project Manager Tom Hoffman, InSight. “On Mars, no landing pads or runways, so the descent in the area, which is essentially a big sandbox without any large stones, should facilitate the deployment tool and provide a great place for our drill.”
The first images from the module showed only a few stones nearby, and that’s good news, since landing in rocky terrain could hamper the deployment of solar panels and instruments.
Better pictures will appear in the coming days, as soon as InSight will get rid of the dust that settled on his two cameras.
“We look forward to pictures of higher resolution to confirm this preliminary assessment,” says Bruce Banerdt, a leading researcher InSight into NASA.