"That was awesome," said one woman, wiping her eyes and qbidet hands of her colleague. A few minutes later, appearance & # 39; red and brown splotchy appeared on the main screen of the control room – the first photo & # 39; Insight from its new home.
"No fault", stated chief engineer & # 39; JPL, Rob Manning.
"This is what we really ttamaq and imagined f & # 39; & # 39 in our minds; our minds", he said. "Sometimes things work in your favor."
Pair & # 39; small satellites emerged from Insight since their departure & # 39; May provided virtually updates in & # 39; real time of the supersonic descent of the spacecraft through the red skies. The satellite also handed portrait & # 39; fast surface & # 39; Mars.
The image was blurred with spaces & # 39; debris on the camera coverage. But the appearance & # 39; quickly on vision showed a flat surface with little or rock – exactly what scientists had hoped. Images come much better in the hours and days ahead.
"This thing has a lot more work & # 39; done", said systems engineer & # 39; entry, descent and landing Rob Grover. "But just meeting & # 39; to the surface & # 39; Mars is mean feat."
The interminable stretch of time that spacecraft hit the Martian atmosphere with the second touch lightly surface of Planet Red is what scientists say "seventh & # 39; minutes & # 39; terror. "
The landing & # 39; spacecraft on Mars is difficult as it sounds & # 39 ;. More than half of all missions do b & # 39; safe way to the surface. Because it takes more than seven & # 39; minutes for light signals to travel 100 million miles to Earth, scientists m & # 39; have no control over the process. All they can do is to program the spacecraft with their best technology and wait.
Earlier, the project manager Tim Hoff said that the successful landing will not be completely clear for a number of & # 39; hours.
"We'll definitely we celebrating when we found b & # 39; successful land but we will have niffaxxa that just a little while to wait about five and a half hours to ensure absolutely that we are sure we are f & # 39; good situation," he said .
Insight will spend 24 months – about one year Martja – using seismic monitoring and reading & # 39; temperature & # 39; underground to open mysteries about was formed Mart and, b & # 39; extension, the origin of the earth and other planets rock of internal solar system.
While the world tectonics and other forces are canceling further evidence of its early history, many & # 39; Mars – about a third of the size of the world – is believed to remain & # 39; more static, and created a geological time machine for scientists.
It is the first landing & # 39; Mars in NASA & # 39; six years.
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