NASA Engineers Recreate Marquise Goodwin’s TD Celebration After Mars Landing

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For the InSight lander, it's Sol One on Mars as the vehicle is ready to begin surface operations.

InSight's twin solar arrays are each 7 feet (2.2 meters) wide; when they're open, the entire lander is about the size of a big 1960s convertible.

"So we have to hang in there through all the anxious moments all the way up until that final announcement", said Fred Wilson, director of business development at Aerojet Rocketdyne, speaking on KUOW's The Record.

But scientists did not expect to verify successful deployment of the solar arrays for at least several hours. "We are well on our way to thoroughly investigate what's inside of Mars for the very first time". Although Mars receives less sunlight than Earth, InSight doesn't need much power to conduct its science experiments. During more dusty conditions, as Mars is known to have, the panels can still pull in between 200 and 300 watts.

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.

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The suite of geophysical instruments will take measurements of Mars' internal activity like seismology and the wobble as the sun and its moons tug on the planet. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transports, is tasked with studying how planets form by probing into Mars. And it's capable of hammering a probe into the surface.

But as expected, the dust kicked up during the landing obscured the first picture InSight sent back, which was heavily flecked. Creating a 3D model of the surface will help engineers understand where to place instruments and hammer in the probe, called the Mars mole HP3 by those who built it.

It's possible that humans may make their way up to Mars at some point. The image shows the landscape of the Elysium Planitia, which is a large plain that's located at the equator of Mars.

It will spend the next 24 months - about one Martian year - collecting a wealth of data to unlock mysteries about how Mars formed and, by extension, the origins of the Earth and other rocky planets of the inner solar system.

The answers are believed to have something to do with the as-yet unexplained absence, since Mars' ancient past, of either a magnetic field or tectonic activity, said Nasa's chief scientist James Green. They just liked the celebration.

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