The Mars InSight Lander of NASA landed on the Martian surface November 26 and did not waste any time as it sent back the first image to Earth. Displaying the foremost picture, NASA tweeted, “My first picture on #Mars! My lens cover isn’t off yet, but I just had to show you the first look at my new home.”
The probe got into the atmosphere of Mars just soon after 2:40 p.m. EST and landed the surface at around 2:54 p.m. EST. The concluding portion of the tour was the most distressing, with NASA referring it as “7 Min of terror” owing to the incapability of the agency to manage the touching down of the spacecraft that cost around $828 Million. Researchers decided that no further alterations were required to the algorithm that will direct the lander to the Martian surface. The touching down of InSight concluded a tour that lasted 6 Months and entailed over 300 million miles.
Likewise, in last week, NASA declared that it has chosen the site where its Mars 2020 Rover will touch down on Mars. NASA has selected Jezero Crater as the alighting place for its future Mars 2020 rover assignment after a 5-year study, during which particulars of over 60 candidate sites on Mars were examined and debated by the planetary science community and mission team.
The rover mission is planned to kick-off in July 2020 as next step of NASA in the exploration of Mars. It will not only look for indications of ancient habitable circumstances—and precedent microbial life—but also will gather soil & rock samples and hoard them in a reserve on the planet’s surface. ESA and NASA are looking at future mission concepts to get back the samples and bring them back to Earth, thus, this landing location sets the stage for the subsequent decade of Mars study.