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Four Days Later, A Checkup on NASA’s InSight on Mars

29 Nov 2018, 7:44 pm

It’s time to get a checkup on InSight, the latest spacecraft to successfully land on Mars. In case you missed it, this was how Monday afternoon was for NASA scientists…

A lot has happened since then. “A lot” in space time is much different from ‘a lot’ in our Earth time. We can cram a lot into a day here on Earth. However tasks must be taken slowly and surely beyond our atmosphere to ensure that the mission is successful.

DAY 1 – MONDAY

Landing day for InSight.

Some of the first images from InSight on Mars looked like this:

InSight then deployed its solar panels (acting as its energy and electricity) to power it for its mission.

https://twitter.com/NASAInSight/status/1067258215501447168

DAY 2 – TUESDAY

InSight went through status checkups, routine maintenance, and enjoyed the sun rays to help charge up some battery life.

DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY

More ‘arms’ were deployed off of InSight.

DAY 4 – THURSDAY

Selfie time. Well perhaps not a selfie to instantly post to Instagram, but rather send back to Earth. The near-term goal will be to find a good spot to begin InSight’s mission(s). Here’s part of the summary from NASA:

“In the coming days, the mission team will unstow InSight’s robotic arm and use the attached camera to snap photos of the ground so that engineers can decide where to place the spacecraft’s scientific instruments. It will take two to three months before those instruments are fully deployed and sending back data.

In the meantime, InSight will use its weather sensors and magnetometer to take readings from its landing site at Elysium Planitia — its new home on Mars.”

What’s next? You can check out all of the “InSight” on this program and mission via this link below:

https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/

For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier

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