Tiny satellites to assist NASA in monitoring InSight’s landing

Nasa In Sight Mission’s live streaming at QNL on Monday

"Getting samples from this unique area will revolutionize how we think about Mars and its ability to harbor life", he added.

NASA announced a landing spot for its 2020 rover on Monday, an area called the Jezero Crater, according to an announcement from NASA.

NASA spent the past five years to examine some 60 sites on Mars and decide which one would be the best landing site for its upcoming mission.

On the NASA channel-stream from JPL procedures directly without video the landing, but with the audio of all commands and confirmations.

At least five different kinds of rocks, including "clays and carbonates that have high potential to preserve signatures of past life", are believed to lie in the crater, just north of the Martian equator, the U.S. space agency said. That touchdown is due to come seven months after the mission's launch in mid-July 2020.

Jezero Crater, whose name comes from the Serbian word for lake, won out over three other finalist sites near the Martian equator: Midway and Northeast Syrtis, plus Columbia Hills (which is where NASA's Spirit rover roamed a decade ago). The U.S.is the only country to have missions that have survived a Mars landing.

Part of this is due to the thin Martian atmosphere, which is only 1% of Earth's, so there's nothing to slow down something trying to land on the surface.

This mission will study the internal structure, the tectonic and seismic activity on Mars. For 728 earth days mission in NASA expect to remove the unit for about 29 GB of data that may shed light on the evolution of rocky planets, including Earth. The image combines information from two instruments on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars and the Context Camera. "But what was once out of reach is now conceivable, thanks to the 2020 engineering team and advances in Mars entry, descent and landing technologies", he said.

On November 26 at 7.53pm, Nasa's Insight Mars lander will touch down on the Red Planet after a journey of more than 300 million miles. Insight will try to answer crucial scientific questions on Mars interior and how it is different from the one of our planet.

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