NASA's InSight spacecraft sends back first pictures from the Red Planet

The In Sight spacecraft approaches Mars in this artist’s concept. Image Credit NASA  JPL-Caltech

The In Sight spacecraft approaches Mars in this artist’s concept. Image Credit NASA JPL-Caltech

The first two images from InSight, both confirming that the mission has successfully landed and transmit data from the Martian surface. Dozens of operations and thousands of lines of code were pre-programmed into the machinery and memory of the spacecraft and by all accounts they executed perfectly.

"A successful landing on Mars after the 7 minutes of terror that includes supersonic airbrakes, parachutes and retro-thrusters firing, will be the first NASA mission to the surface in almost a decade and is a big deal", he said.

This time is called the "seven minutes of terror" - when the spacecraft enters Mars' atmosphere and a ton of small steps and events have to go 100 percent correctly in order to have a successful touchdown. This accomplishment represents the ingenuity of America and our global partners, and it serves as a testament to the dedication and perseverance of our team. They'll never replace the more capable spacecraft NASA is best known for developing.

President Donald Trump brought up the Mars landing at a rally in Tupelo, Mississippi on Monday. Trump said to the cheering crowd. They just liked the celebration. "We have reawakened NASA, and that's a good thing".

The landing data and initial photograph were relayed to Earth from two briefcase-sized satellites that were launched along with InSight and were flying past Mars as it reached its destination. They are the first CubeSats sent into deep space.

When they're not perfecting the art of National Football League handshakes, the two are entry, descent and landing (EDL) systems engineers.

"With all this Ferndale material on Mars, I believe we may need to annex part of the red planet", said Mayor Jon Mutchler.

InSights solar arrays have unfurled, which will provide the craft - roughly the size of a 1960s convertible - with power during its residency. That process begins 16 minutes after landing and takes another 16 minutes to complete.

NASA's robotic InSight lander on Tuesday successfully landed on Mars after the six-month journey.

NASA's InSight spacecraft sends back first pictures from the Red Planet

And for the team that worked on MarCO, the success of the mission is just the beginning.

The first image that came back was a smudged, fish-eye lense view of Mars.

"The mission that we conceived about nine or 10 years ago is very close to the one that we're flying today".

However, given the traditional approach to space Agency to use their equipment, it can be assumed that his mission is actually to stretch - that will potentially allow you to learn more about what factors contributed to the formation of Mars and, indirectly, Earth.

Other significant contributions came from the Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Astronika and the Swiss Institute of Technology.

Spain's Centro de Astrobiologia made the spacecraft's wind sensors, and three of InSight's seismic instruments were designed and built in Britain. Catch InSight extending the solar panels it uses for battery in the GIF below.

The deployment of the instruments will take several months.

The 800-pound (360-kilogram) InSight is stationary and will operate from the same spot for the next two years, the duration of a Martian year.

A central question is why Mars, once a relatively warm, wet planet, evolved so differently from Earth into a mostly dry, desolate and cold world, devoid of life.

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