NASA’s InSight Lander has succeeded in placing its first instrument – a seismometer on the surface of planet Mars. It is a matter of great pride for space exploration studies and a giant leap in human progress towards our understanding of other planets.
New images received from Lander show the seismometer on the ground and create great hope for future exploratory missions of similar complexity. The seismometer will allow scientists to get details about the interior of Mars by studying the ground motion, also known as marsquakes. Scientists will be able to comprehend the depth and composition of seismic layers by studying how seismic waves pass through these layers.
Next in action will be the deployment of heat probe on the Martian surface by late January 2019. The heat probe is expected to be positioned on the right side of the Lander at approximately same distance as that of the seismometer.
InSight is a part of NASA’s Discovery Program, which is being managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.