After touching down in November 2018, NASA’s InSight spacecraft is supposed to widen its solar panels, open out a robotic arm, and stay positioned. Contrasting to NASA’s other rovers, InSight is a lander structured to research the whole planet from just one location. This deskbound science will let InSight to sense geophysical signals below the Martian surface, including heat and Marsquakes. Researchers will also get to track the radio signals from the still spacecraft, which changes on the basis of the wobble in Mars’ rotation.
Studying wobbles in Mars might assist in solving the mystery of if Mars’ core is solid. InSight has seismometer named Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS). The research team can use some creative measurements and study the seismic waves occurring on Mars. SEIS is a sensitive device that can detect vibrations smaller than the width of a hydrogen atom.
On a similar note, just a couple of weeks are passed to Russia’s surprisingly failed Soyuz rocket launch towards the International Space Station. The reason behind this unpleasant event is said to be an undetermined error, which led to sending back the two travelers back down to Earth. NASA instantly proffered support for the Russian space program and stated that things would work themselves out in a short period. That confidence seems to have been well-placed, as Jim Bridenstine, Administrator, NASA, proclaimed that Soyuz rocket launches are supposed to resume soon.
Bridenstine added that the scheduled December flight is still on its track. These comments from Bridenstine came in the National Space Council meeting, where he explained that the space agency has numerous Russian Soyuz rocket launches in the upcoming month and a half and in December. He added that NASA expects to put its crew on a Russian Soyuz rocket to launch to the International Space Station again.