NASA's InSight Lander on Track for Mars Touchdown on November 26

Nov 24, 2018, 01:21
NASA's InSight Lander on Track for Mars Touchdown on November 26

NASA announced Monday the landing site for its Mars 2020 rover mission.

NASA officially announces landing site of Mars 2020 rover, and it’s incredibly interesting
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Once settled, the solar-powered craft will spend one Martian year - two Earth years - plumbing the depths of the planet's interior for clues to how Mars took form and, by extension, how the Earth and other rocky planets came into being.

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The Jezero Crater is located on the western edge of a giant impact basin just north of the Martian equator.

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"The landing site in Jezero Crater offers geologically rich terrain. that could potentially answer important questions in planetary evolution and astrobiology", said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. Unlike the space agency's rovers, InSight is a lander created to study an entire planet from just one spot.

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On the NASA channel-stream from JPL procedures directly without video the landing, but with the audio of all commands and confirmations. A huge river delta surrounds the crater and stretches for many miles in several directions. Midway and Northeast Syrtis are close enough that it's possible the Mars 2020 rover could eventually roll that way from Jezero Crater, although mission managers say it's way too early to decide whether to do so. It is considered the largest parking lot in Mars. "But what was once out of reach is now conceivable, thanks to the 2020 engineering team and advances in Mars entry, descent and landing technologies", he said. The U.S.is the only country to have missions that have survived a Mars landing. The mission aims to study the interior of Mars by drilling down and taking samples of the rock and soil deep beneath the surface. It is a revised version of the rover Curiosity, which arrived on the Red Planet in 2012. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander created to study the "inner space" of Mars: its crust, mantle, and core. The primary mission is to help scientists better understand how Mars turned into a dry, barren planet. China is planning to get in on the action with its first-ever Mars mission, also due for launch during 2020's favorable launch opportunity.

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