The probe that will try to perceive the heart of the Red Planet has landed and there are photos, but only in about five hours will NASA be sure that everything is really operational.
After six months of travel, InSight has reached its destination. The probe will have landed in a region of the Elysium Planitia, considered the most monotonous part of the red planet, and therefore an excellent "parking" according to NASA.
The choice of location has a rationale: it is that the probe has no wheels, or contrary to other observation instruments already launched. Rather than traverse the Martian surface, InSight's goal during the 728-day "planetary stay" will be to drill the ground to analyze its components.
More precisely, InSight, or Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, will try to detect the fingerprints of the processes of formation of the planets, as well as to measure the vital signs of the red planet, by means of what its full name indicates: taking its "pulse," "temperature," and "reflexes," referred to NASA in the form of analogies as it prepared its launch.
In a kind of "home call" – as the scientists call it – the probe indicated that it had "amparted" it was about 10 minutes before eight o'clock in Lisbon. The first image to prove it arrived very soon after, in another moment of celebration by the team in charge of the mission.
Although it has surpassed the different phases, which have passed through the entrance in the Martian atmosphere, the deceleration, the activation of the parachute, the test of the "legs" or the linking of the radars until it touches the red planet, NASA can only confirm the success in a few hours, after InSight "shows" that her instruments and herself are fully operational and ready to discover the secrets of the interior of Mars.
This will be NASA's first spacecraft to reach the red planet after the Curiosity rover. Scientists believe that InSight and its findings could prove to be one of the most relevant aids to the preparation of the first human mission to Mars.