New pictures from Mars InSight Lander NASA show his
The robot arm is ready to lift something.
With a range of almost 2 meters, the arm is included
used to take scientific instruments off the lander's deck and gently set them
on the surface of Mars at Elysium Planitia, the lava plane that InSight touched
on the 26th of November
Initially, however, the arm will use the instrument deployment
Camera on the elbow to the area in front of the
Lander These images help the members of the mission team determine the location
InSight seismometer and heat flow probe – the only instruments ever
robotically placed on the surface of another planet.
"Today we can see the first insights into our workspace"
said Bruce Banerdt, the mission's chief investigator in NASA's jet
Drive laboratory in Pasadena, California. "We will be at the beginning of next week
Make it more detailed and create a complete mosaic. "
Another camera, the Instrument Context Camera, is
is located under the deck of the lander. It also provides views of the workspace,
although the view will not be so nice.
"We had a protective cover for the instrument context
Camera, but somehow still managed to get dust on the lens, "said Tom
Hoffman from JPL, InSight's project manager. "While this is unfortunate, it is
does not affect the role of the camera, which is intended to take pictures of the area in
before the lander, where our instruments are finally placed. "
The placement is critical and the team participates
Attention. It could take two to three months before the instruments were
set up and calibrated.
For the past week and a half, mission engineers have been there
Test these instruments and spacecraft systems to make sure they work
Assignment. Some instruments even record data: an air pressure drop,
possibly caused by a passing dust devil, was detected by the pressure sensor.
Together with a magnetometer and a series of wind and temperature sensors
Part of a package called Auxiliary Payload Sensor Subsystem
collect meteorological data.
More pictures of InSight's arm should be shut down
The last weekend. The imaging was interrupted for a moment and the recording continued
next day. InSight was in his new home for the first few weeks
instructed to be extra careful, so anything unexpected will trigger what is called
a mistake. When considered routine, this causes the spacecraft to stop its work
and ask the operators on site for help.
"We did extensive testing on Earth, but we know that
For the lander on Mars, everything is a little different, so it is not mistakes
unusual, "Hoffman said. You can delay the operation, but we are not there
a rush. We want to be sure that every operation we do on Mars is safe.
That's why we initially set our security monitors to fairly sensitive. "
Aerospace engineers had already charged extra time
their estimates for instrument use take into account the likely delays
by mistake. The mission's main mission is Earth or two years
a Martian year – plenty of time to collect data from the surface of the Red Planet.
JPL manages InSight for NASA
Directorate Science Mission. InSight is part of NASA's Discovery Program.
managed by the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Lockheed Martin Space in Denver built the InSight probe, including her
Cruise Stage and Lander, and supports the use of spacecraft for the mission.
A number of European partners,
including the Center National d 'Études Spatiales (CNES) and the German
The Aerospace Center (DLR) supports the InSight mission. CNES and the institute
The Physics of the Globe of Paris (IPGP) provided the seismic experiment for
Internal structure (SEIS)
Instrument, with significant contributions from the Max Planck Institute for
Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany, Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH)
in Switzerland, Imperial College and Oxford University in the UK,
and JPL. DLR supplied the Heat Flow and Physical Properties package (HP3)
Instrument, with authoritative contributions from the Space Research Center (CBK)
Polish Academy of Sciences and Astronics in Poland. Spain's Centro de
Astrobiología (CAB) supplied the wind sensors.
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