The Martian landing platform, also known as Insight, goes well in testing and in the & # 39 operations, its refinement in its first four suns on the red plant. The first days on Mars are always very delicate because it's time to check that everything is working properly after many months & # 39; travel and hard landing. It all started with the deployment of the solar panels to ensure the survival of the mission, but every instrument, every sensor, every ship system is checked thoroughly before it can & # 39; & # start any kind 39; scientific operation.
As proof, this date in the past, the probe sent 10 new photos which appear to the robotic arm already been deployed (and work!) And the ICC camera has been removed from the hood, although it appears that dust It's the same.
The pictures come from Mars are available at: https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/multimedia/raw-images/
During the first weeks are the most critical, the probe will communicate Insight twice a sun with the World through & # 39; MRO and Mars Odyssey. But once the tests are terminated and probe starts the tasks & # 39; her routine, communications will be time in the sun, to send all the data obtained.
And since the robotic arm has already been used, will soon start making clamp tests & # 39; 5 finger to verify that you & # 39; capture and deposit the scientific instruments on the surface with precision and smooth, something that has never before been tested on Mars. In the next week she will also begin to see the vision of & # 39; 360 degree & # 39; the environment and turning herself.
On the scientific side, the RISE device is already working at Sun 1. This device is an antenna that simply listening & # 39; X radio signals coming from Earth and return to hour. This process over time will allow us to know the exact situation of & # 39; Insight with an accuracy of & # 39; a few centimeters!. This serves to know how precise orbit & # 39; Mars and the wobbles and the planet pitches suggestive & # 39; inside.
The Spanish twin instrument should also be already taking data sensors will serve to know the ship working environment and tqabbelhom with & # 39; 600 km undertaken Curiosity & # 39; away.
When the entire ship has been checked and the working region has been photographed in detail, starting with the deployment SEIS instruments (seismometers) and HP3 (penetrators and heat flow probe). This deployment will be carried out in five or six weeks from the arm will cause the delicate instrument on the surface in the most appropriate area shown in the image. A week later, will get its hood and will be able to & # 39; starts its operations to detect the impacts of Martian meteorites and especially earthquakes.
And after last week, the HP3 instrument will be deployed. This penetrators will begin producing impacts against the surface, such a constant blocking periods & # 39; four & # 39; consecutive hours, known as & # 39; & # 39 cycles; hammering & # 39 ;. Each 50 centimeter & # 39; descent will stop and generate a pulse & # 39; and check how heat moves through the ground to the surface, to know the thermal conductivity. It is estimated that Insight will take about 40 days to reach a depth of & # 39; 5 meters.
Meanwhile vibrations in the descent will be analyzed by SEIS seismometers will be able to differentiate the different layers to go through the HP3 penetrators. About two weeks after the completion of drilling, the Insight probe comes in the way of & # 39; routine work for at least a full Martian year (two Earth years)