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InSight probe will make tricky landing on Mars

Postby TheVat on November 25th, 2018, 2:51 pm 

https://www.theguardian.com/science/201 ... ars-safely

Probe will conduct seismic analysis of planet, and also study heat transfer from the planet's core.

The mission also includes what is called geodesy (precise measurements of a planet's geometric shapes, orientation and gravitational field variations), though I wondered if areodesy would be the proper term.
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Re: InSight probe will make tricky landing on Mars

Postby TheVat on November 26th, 2018, 3:57 pm 

Touchdown

Just landed successfully, with 12 pulsed engines. I'm watching the control room crowd go nuts at JPL. Whew.
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Re: InSight probe will make tricky landing on Mars

Postby Serpent on November 26th, 2018, 6:46 pm 

One of the news commentators remarked as how techies are no good at high-fives.
Well, duh; they can't take their eyes off their screens that long.
Much rejoicing; one step closer to a manned mission.
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