Insight took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Photo: Pixabay
WASHINGTON DC, EU.
The spacecraft Insight is preparing for a soft landing on the surface of & # 39; Mars 26 & # 39; the following November, so scientists are attentive to the data of the trajectory of the new mission of NASA.
Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the Directorate of Scientific Missions headquarters & # 39; National Administration & # 39; Aeronautics and Space (NASA) in & # 39; Washington, said that "getting to Mars is hard. It requires skill, attention and years of & # 39; preparation. "
Insight, the – first mission to study – interior deep – & # 39; Mars, he left – Saturday Vandenberg Air Force Base in the middle of California & # 39; May 5.
It is estimated the peak & # 39; in the Martian atmosphere 19,800 kilometers per hour and reduce the speed to eight kilometers per hour before the three feet touching the floor of the red planet.
That extreme deceleration take place in little more than seven & # 39; minutes. After that time a & # 39; dangerous descent through the atmosphere & # 39; Mars, Insight will touch the Martian soil on Monday around 20:00 GMT, the US space agency reported on its website in Spanish.
The landing on Mars is exciting, but scientists are looking forward to the time after the lands & # 39; Insight, "said Lori Glaze, interim director of the Science Division Planetary in general business headquarters -NASA.
He argued that once the spacecraft established itself on the "red planet" and its instruments have been deployed will start gathering information valuable on the structure & # 39; the interior deep & # 39; it, that will help understand the formation and evolution of planets of all rock.