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    Default Re: Insight Scheduled for Mars Touchdown on Monday



    The CubeSats did their part and sent back a farewell photo of Mars: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/farewell-to-mars.

    How cool is that!!!!

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    Default Re: Insight Scheduled for Mars Touchdown on Monday

    I've found the bit made in the UK.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/m...-on-red-planet

    The UK Space Agency has invested £4 million in the short period Seismometer (SEIS-SP). This will be on the surface of Mars to measure seismic waves from Marsquakes. Scientists expect to detect anywhere between a dozen and a hundred of these tremors up to 6.0 on the Richter scale over the course of two years.

    Sue Horne, Head of Space Exploration at the UK Space Agency, said:

    It is wonderful news that the InSight spacecraft has landed safely on Mars. The UK scientists and engineers involved in this mission have committed several years of their lives to building the seismometer on board, and the descent is always a worrying time. We can now look forward to the deployment of the instrument and the data that will start to arrive in the new year, to improve our understanding of how the planet formed.

    InSight carries three instruments designed and built in the UK as part of the seismic package. These microseismometer sensors were developed by Imperial College London and integrated with electronics built by the University of Oxford.

    The UK team is led by Professor Tom Pike at Imperial, who designed the sensors to withstand the shock and vibration of the launch from Earth and landing on Mars. The sensors can detect motion at sub-atomic scales with the help of the electronics built at Oxford under Dr Simon Calcutt, with support from STFC RAL Space.
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    Default Re: Insight Scheduled for Mars Touchdown on Monday

    Insight landing site a "sandbox"... a shallow dust and sand-filled impact crater known as a "hollow": https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/mar...-large-sandbox.

    - "Once sites on the Martian surface have been carefully selected for the two main instruments, the team will unstow and begin initial testing of the mechanical arm that will place them there"

    - "Data downlinked from the lander also indicate that during its first full day on Mars, the solar-powered InSight spacecraft generated more electrical power than any previous vehicle on the surface of Mars"...the 4,588 watt-hours produced during sol 1 means there is more than enough juice to perform its tasks and move forward with the science mission

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    Default Re: Insight Scheduled for Mars Touchdown on Monday

    InSight landing site verified by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO): https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/mar...ges-from-space.

    Nice to have other resources orbiting Mars!

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    Default Re: Insight Scheduled for Mars Touchdown on Monday

    Thanks for the link Dave!
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