InSight spacecraft landed on Mars – first image

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The landing module of the Mars InSight automatic station landed on Mars in the Elysium Planitia highland area. This was announced on Monday by the flight control center of the station during a live broadcast on the website of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The landing on Mars took place at the estimated time of 14:54 by the US eastern coast. Seven minutes after landing, the device should send the first radio signal to Earth, and nine minutes later, after the dust settles in the landing area, begin the process of opening two solar panels.

The Elysian highland region, with a total area of ​​130 kilometers and 27 kilometers at 4 degrees north of the equator, was chosen for landing because it is a fairly flat part of the surface of Mars. On it are located volcanoes – the dome of Hecate, Mount Elysius and the dome of Labor.

In addition, in this area there are deep depressions – Cerberus furrow, Elysian furrow and Hephaestus furrow. The Mars InSight landing site is about 600 kilometers from Gale Crater, where the Curiosity rover was researching.

Communication with the landing module will be carried out both through the system of remote space communications, and through two Mars Cube One (MarCo) microsatellites, NASA representative Ann Marinan said.

Also, the landing module of the Mars InSight automatic station transmitted the first image from the surface of Mars. On the image displayed on the screen in the flight control center a few minutes after landing, small particles of Martian dust are visible.

As Lorae Glaze, the head of the NASA planetary research department, explained earlier, this area is also interesting from the point of view of the possibility of searching for traces of water.

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