The brokerage & # 39; unmanned Martian earthquake of & # 39; NASA, Insight, landed in & # 39; a slight angle on the Red Planet, and are experts hope that the spacecraft working as planned.
The artillerja of & # 39; $ 993 million came Monday at its target, a plain of lava called Elysium Planitia, a mission & # 39; two aimed to better understand how the planet nearest Earth was formed.
"The vehicle sits & # 39; slightly oblique (about 4 degrees) in krater of & # 39; impact & # 39; dust and low sand is known as & # 39; empty & # 39 ;," said NASA f & # 39; statement.
Insight has been designed to operate on the surface b & # 39; inclination to 15 degrees.
Therefore, experts are hope that its two main instruments: Quake sensor and mole maturing alone to measure heat below the surface, work as planned.
"We can not be happy", said project manager Tom Hoffman Insight Propulsion Laboratory of NASA jets.
"M & # 39; there is no landing pads or runways on Mars, so to fall in & # 39; area is basically the large sand area without large rocks to make deployment easier instruments and provides great for our mole to start digging. "
The first pictures from the sender only display a few rocks in the vicinity, more news as well close touch rock area was making the deployment of solar arrays and delicate instruments.
best images are expected in the coming days once Insight stop dust covers on its two cameras.
"We are looking for pictures & # 39; higher definition to confirm this preliminary assessment," said Bruce Banerdt, principal investigator of & # 39; Insight in NASA.
"If these few images b & # 39; reducing the resolution of jkoprihom, precise powder, whether it is appropriate for both deployment & # 39; the instrument as well as the mole penetration & # 39; the experiment of heat flux under our face. "
Safely on Mars, Insight carry out its arrays and snaps some pics