The probe is designed to explore the depths of Mars.
On November 26 at 10:54 pm Moscow time, the InSight made a successful landing on the surface of the red planet six months after the start. The probe was the first seismic station on Mars and will explore its internal composition for at least two years.
Immediately after landing, the device sent the first photo. Almost nothing is visible on it, as InSight removed the surface of Mars from a very close distance.
The landing was considered the most difficult stage of the mission : during the “7 minutes of horror” the device had to slow down independently, open parachutes and turn on the landing engines. Due to the high rate of entry into the atmosphere at this time, the probe cannot be controlled from the Earth and receive information about its state.
Now the probe is to reveal the solar panels, without which NASA will not be able to carry out the mission. If this stage is successful, the device will begin to deploy scientific equipment using a robotic arm. This process will take 2-3 months.
InSight became the first seismograph on Mars. The probe will investigate the internal composition of the red planet, “marshmallows”, as well as measure the temperature of its interior, having drilled five meters of the surface.