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Successful Mars Landing

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Another robot, called InSight, has landed on Mars! With a combination of luck, engineering, and help, it took six months to get to Mars.  InSight is 373 miles from the “Curiosity” landing site.

InSight, an awesome space robot, landed on Mars on On Nov. 26, 2018, at 11:52:59.   To make this successful touchdown, the lander plunged through the thin atmosphere, heatshield first, and used a parachute to slow down.  It fired its retro-rockets in order to slowly descend to the surface of Mars, and land on the smooth plains of Elysium Planitia.

Why is InSight landing at Elysium Planitia?

InSight’s goal is to study the inside of Mars and take the planet’s facts signs, its pulse, and temperature. To look deep into Mars, the robot must be at a place where it can stay still and quiet for its entire mission. That’s why scientists chose Elysium Planitia as Insight’s home.  Elysium Planitia is located about four degrees north of Mars’ equator. If you could send a space robot to space, where would you send it? Who will you have to help make that robot? Where would you land?

What can Inight do?

InSight has a deployment camera, so it takes and sends pictures and radio waves back to Earth.   Isn’t that cool?

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5 Responses to “Successful Mars Landing”

  1. Valerie Feit on January 24th, 2019 9:27 am

    Mathis,

    Thank you for the interesting article on InSight. The engineering involved in making a module land on Mars is spectacular.
    Are there any students at FEB who envision a future as aeronautic engineers or Astro-engineers?
    Please let those students who are interested know that we have amazing engineering, physics and robotics opportunities in the Middle School and at Rye Neck High School.

    Warm regards,

    Dr. Feit

  2. Gwénola Gindre on January 24th, 2019 6:36 pm

    Very nice and interesting article! Very well done Mathis!

  3. Jenny Young on January 24th, 2019 9:38 pm

    What a great article! I learned a lot from it and appreciated the questions it asked the reader. If I were to send a robot into space, I would probably send it to Saturn or a Saturn moon since there is a theory that there may be an ocean under its crust.

  4. Valérie and Patrice on January 25th, 2019 1:58 pm

    If we were to send a robot into space, we would like it to land on Venus, a planet we can see from Earth maybe we can ask you to give a little hand and brain to help us for this project.

    Bravo pour ce premier article, nous attendons les suivants avec impatience.

  5. Patrice cousseau on January 25th, 2019 4:02 pm

    If we were to send a robot into space we would like it to land on Venus a planet we can see from here. We will wait for you to give a little hand and brain to our project.

    Nous attendons avec curiosite le prochain article du reporter Mathis

    Valérie et Patrice

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