24 November, 2018
NASA has picked an ancient river delta as the landing site for its uncrewed Mars 2020 rover, to hunt for evidence of past life on Earth's neighboring planet, officials said Monday. Due to their size, they can be easily built and launched.
The $800 million USD InSight lander was launched earlier this year from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Launching a probe to Mars took place on 5 may, 2018 with the help of the rocket Atlas V. Without consideration of the cost of the rocket and costs for partners, the mission cost about $500 million.
On the question of whether there were any measures in case of battery will not be revealed, he replied that the on-Board batteries provide power only during one Martian day (more than 30 minutes longer than earth's). MarCO is now being tested away for future missions to send back data on their entry, descent and landing.
The evening of November 26 research center of NASA, "jet propulsion Laboratory" (JPL) will live-blog the process of landing on the surface of the fourth planet from the Sun Mars lander InSight.
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If these pipsqueaks manage to relay InSight's radio signals to ground controllers almost 100 million miles (160 million kilometres) away, we'll know within minutes whether the spacecraft landed safely. 30 seconds after deployment of the chute, the InSight lander will drop its heat shield and activate its radar.
There are various factors that NASA needed to consider while choosing an arrival site. It will land in Elysium Planitia, which is near the equator of Mars. This is a largely nondescript area of Mars devoid of any major geological features.
"Mars is really the obvious place, after the Moon, to go and expand our presence in deep space", said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's science mission directorate. Because of its size, the orbiters don't have enough fuel or equipment to enter a long-term orbit around Mars.
Immediately after planting, the head of the mission Mars InSight STU, Spet, comes the 16-minute pause so that the dust in the area of the landing had subsided, and then begin the process of disclosure of solar panels, which will last 16 minutes.
The $2.5 billion rover is planned to launch in July 2020, and land in February 2021.