India successfully launched Chandrayaan-2 orbiter mission and lunar surface spacecraft on Monday.
The well-known Mars lender which is called InSight has landed perfectly to its destination. Confirmation of landing came through the Deep Space Network at 15:01 EST (2001 UTC) on Monday, 26 November following the 7-minute descent and landing of InSight on the Martian surface.
As mentions NASA “Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile (485-million-kilometer) journey from Earth”.
“It was intense, and you could feel the emotion,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who was in the control room here at JPL during the landing. “It was very, very quiet when it was time to be quiet and of course very celebratory with every little new piece of information that was received. It’s very different being here than watching it on TV, by far, I can tell you that for sure now that I’ve experienced both.”
InSight Lander launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California May 5. The lander touched down Monday, Nov. 26, near Mars’ equator on the western side of a flat, smooth expanse of lava called Elysium Planitia, with a signal affirming a completed landing sequence at 11:52 a.m. PST (2:52 p.m. EST).
Elysium Planitia is a broad plain that straddles the equator of Mars, centered at 3.0°N 154.7°E. It lies to the south of the volcanic province of Elysium, the second largest volcanic region on the planet, after Tharsis.
“Today, we successfully landed on Mars for the eighth time in human history,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “InSight will study the interior of Mars, and will teach us valuable science as we prepare to send astronauts to the Moon and later to Mars. This accomplishment represents the ingenuity of America and our international partners and it serves as a testament to the dedication and perseverance of our team. The best of NASA is yet to come, and it is coming soon.”
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