Washington, 25 & # 39; November (EUROPA PRESS) .- Seven & # 39; Minutes & # 39; vertical descent in the face of & # 39; Mars will end this 26 & # 39; in November, the seventh & # 39; months Insight NASA mission to the Red Planet.
Insight will reach the top of the Martian atmosphere at & # 39; 19,800 kilometers per hour and reducing a speed of 8 kilometers per hour just before its three legs touching Martian soil. That extreme deceleration take place a little less than seven & # 39; minutes.
Lockheed Martin, prime contractor in the construction of mission Insight, produced video detailing the features of descent to the surface of & # 39; Mars, and complexity representing space engineers.
Given the speed and friction with the Martian atmosphere, the heat shield will withstand temperatures of Insight & # 39; 1,500 degrees Celsius. When three minutes remaining only to fall in perfect plain & # 39; Elysium Planitia, the parachute will open, after the removable thermal shield & # 39; and three feet & # 39; laboratory support new Martian be deployed. Barely minutes before touching the ground, the retro-rockets will start, reduced to a smooth landing, scheduled at 19:54 GMT.
NASA calculates the 20:01 signal "noise" sent by Insight themselves directly to the World indicating that everything went well and that the probe works on the surface of & # 39; Mars. Not before 20:04, and possibly tomorrow, the first Insight images will be received from the surface & # 39; Mars. At 20:35, has received confirmation of the deployment of the solar panels of the Mars Odyssey orbitatur NASA.
The mission & # 39; this ship is not moving as vehicles & # 39; Curiosity or Opportunity looking for traces of & # 39; old moisture or biological, but to study the interior of & # 39; Mars, attached to the land.
"The process signatures & # 39; planet formation can only be detected by detecting and studying covert evidence under the surface. It is the task of & # 39; Insight to study the interior deep a & # 39; Mars, taking the vital signs of the planet: the pulse, temperature and its reflections.
Take & # 39; those vital signs will help the scientific team & # 39; Insight to remember the time when planets formed the rock of the Solar System.