O August 5, 2012NASA's Rover Curiosity touched down on the Martian soil, becoming the latest vehicle to put the North American space agency on the red planet. But only so far, it is expected that this Monday, November 26 at 20:00 UTC (21:00 on the Spanish peninsula) the ship InSight, launched last May, concludes the first leg of its trip and Earth on Mars.
The landing can be seen live via NASA's television channel, along with comments from some experts on the mission, which will begin approximately one hour before.
A consciously chosen scenario
On May 5, the mission InSight took off successfully from Vandenberg Air Force Base for Mars, with the aim of exploring for the first time deep interior. The trip lasted more than half a year, but tonight will come to an end, with landing scheduled for 20:00 UTC.
Of course, the landing will not occur randomly, but will occur in a specific area of the surface of Mars, chosen by NASA between more than twenty possible scenarios. The exact point is Elysium Planitia, one highland located near the equator of the planet and that, according to the words of the principal investigator of the mission, Bruce Banerdt, "if it were an ice cream, it would be vanilla." By this means that it is not the most impressive of the places that have been shuffled, but the one that best meets the InSight Basic Needs. For starters, it's about a three-legged robot, not a Robert, so you need a stable place to land and stay fixed for as long as you stay there. In addition, your goal is to study depths of Mars, then a place was needed easy to penetrate and that it was not neither too windy nor too rocky. In addition, it was also necessary to find a sufficient area bright and warm in order to feed the solar cells and keep your electronic components within the proper temperature range, a martian year, composed of 26 terrestrial months. Elysum Planitia It is not as flamboyant as chocolate ice cream or dulce de leche, but meets all of these requirements perfectly.
A worldwide event
80 events are scheduled all over the world where the live landing will be retransmitted
The event can be viewed live through NASA TV channel, where there will also be expert commentary from an hour before. Anyone who wants to live this historic milestone can do so at home. However, you can also go to some of the events that will take place around the world. Currently there are 80 of these scheduled activities, most of them in U.S. In Europe they will only be realized 4 in France– one on Réunion Island, near Madagascar and 2 in Germany. In Spain and Latin America we would have to travel many kilometers to participate in any of these events, but no problem because NASA also made available on its website a list of sites where the landing will be retransmitted, as well as own television channel.
There are no excuses not to witness First seconds of InSight on Red Planet and hold your breath with thousands of people around the world, until finally touching the Martian soil. The options are many, just choose one.
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