NASA employees mark Mars landing with VERY hilarious celebration
Dec 02 2018
The robot will not be spending the duration of its mission snapping landscape pics and selfies, however, but will instead conduct a core-to-crust investigation of the Red Planet's deep interior - the only planet apart from Earth that mankind will have studied in this way.
This is because at the heart of the historic landing on Mars is the remarkable work of Ghanaian engineer Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu who is the team lead for InSight at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The mission's engineers, including a team from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, were able to stay in contact with the vessel thanks to two cube satellites that were tested and prepped by Cal Poly engineers and students just before launch.
After a 458-million-kilometer (300-million-mile) journey lasting seven months, NASA successfully landed their newest probe on Mars yesterday, to the delight of its employees. On the other hand, InSight's mission has just begun.
Now playing: Watch this: NASA's InSight landing and the insane odds behind getting. "InSight will teach us valuable science as we prepare to send astronauts to the Moon and later to Mars", said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
The moment the $993 million unmanned lander, named InSight, touched down on the red planet on Monday afternoon, celebrations began across the globe - but one in particular has captivated audiences.
"A lot of people in the CubeSat community are looking at this mission to be a sort of pioneer and to see what they can achieve", she said.
Now that InSight has landed on Mars, it will do system checks to ensure that the instruments it will be using are intact and ready for use, said Mason. That signal is expected to reach InSight's mission control at JPL about five-and-a-half hours after landing. "With the arrays providing the energy we need to start the cool science operations, we are well on our way to thoroughly investigate what's inside of Mars for the very first time". "When the first images come down, our engineering and science teams will hit the ground running, beginning to plan where to deploy our science instruments".
It will take two to three months before instruments are fully deployed and sending back data. "I think CubeSats have a big future beyond Earth's orbit, and the MarCO team is happy to trailblaze the way".
The two CubeSats that are now orbiting around Mars are nicknamed Wall-E and Eva, because they both use a compressed gas commonly found in fire extinguishers to push themselves through, just like the character from a 2008 Pixar animation.