By Gage Simpson, Owner Of New Frontier News
Thursday, December 20, 2018
(NEW FRONTIER NEWS)- The Mars InSight probe has, in a first ever for any probe, placed the scientific instrument on the surface of Mars.
The scientific instrument is a seismometer called Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure, or SEIS, one of two instruments the probe will place on the planet.
The probe was placed about 5ft. (1.6m) from the probe, which is as far as its robotic arm can reach.
The other is called Heat Flow and Physical Properties Probe, or HP3, which will burrow up to 16 ft (5m) into the ground to study the internal temperature of the planet.
Most probes sent to Mars keep all their scientific experiments inside of them or on their robotic arms, like the rovers Opportunity and Curiosity.
InSight, however, needs its instruments on the ground to work properly.
The probe also has one instrument that is onboard it which is being used to detect the wobble of Mars tilted axis.
This isn’t the probe’s first record. It became the first probe ever to record sound on the red planet when it recorded wind for the first time earlier this month.
The probe’s team at NASA plan to slowly level out the spot of the SEIS so it can begin its study of marsquakes and learn more about the interior of Mars.
HP3 should be deployed sometime in January.
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