Posted by: maboulette | November 26, 2018

NASA’s InSight Lander Set For Monday Touchdown On Mars, If It Survives ‘SEVEN MINUTES OF TERROR’

mar lander

And you thought finding a parking place could be difficult.

To reach its reserved spot on Mars, NASA’s InSight lander on Monday must hit a precise spot in the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere, survive a searing plunge to the surface involving a supersonic parachute and touch down softly on a tripod of legs.

Mission managers at the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California are feeling a mix of excitement and nerves about the process formally called Entry, Descent and Landing, or EDL, but informally known as “seven minutes of terror.”

“Everything that we’ve done to date makes us feel comfortable and confident we’re going to land on Mars,” said Tom Hoffman, the mission’s project manager at JPL.“But everything has to go perfectly, and Mars could always throw us a curveball.”

Lander will land sometime this morning.

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