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InSight has successfully landed

NASA engineers have received confirmation that InSight has successfully touched down on the Martian surface.

Don’t count your chickens yet. They need to wait about five hours for the dust, kicked up by landing, to settle before they try opening the solar panels. That must succeed, or the mission will fail, having no source of power.

The landing information was relayed through the two MARCO cubesats flying past Mars, a landmark engineering achievement that in a sense is more significant than the landing itself. These cubesats have demonstrated that smallsats can do complex interplanetary tasks. Expect a revolution in the planetary space exploration world.

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Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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7 comments

  • Lee S

    Congratulations NASA!!! Job well done!
    However I am going to express my feelings again regarding a probe which will “bore” 16 feet into the volcanic Martin surface…. Yet we have a drill on the curiosity rover that can’t drill half an inch into hard sandstone due to technical problems….
    I feel there is lack of cross pollination here, anything that can drill itself 16 feet into sandstone could surely do the same on an Europa/ Enceladus/ Titan mission, and could perhaps use the same tech to examine something more exciting than temperature varients

  • Mike Borden

    Lee- from my understanding it isnt a drill so to speak, but a coiling spring loaded hammering mechanism that will bore fractions of a millimeter at a time. Over the course of tens of thousands of “hammers” it should reach a depth of about 16 feet. Ill bet it could go even deeper but is restricted by the length of the cable it is attatched to.

  • D Ray

    Think of the planetary missions NASA could do using a fraction of the SLS boondoggle billions

  • Paul Goodley

    GREAT FOR THE SCIENTIST WHO DESIGNED AND WORKED ON THIS SPACECRAFT.

  • wayne

    Lee–
    Ditto with what Mike Borden relates– it’s not so much a drill as it is a miniature battering-ram device.
    (I believe it’s a temperature probe, cuz’ they want the temperature gradient data below the surface.)

    Who can tell me how far into the Moon the astronaut’s managed to pound a temperature probe? (I’ve variously heard 3-13 feet.)

  • wayne

    Lee–
    this is informative
    What will InSight do on Mars?
    https://youtu.be/csV0BCWZ0oA
    8:35

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