The spacecraft InSight, and part of the “Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport”, landed on the red planet, on 26-th of November this year.
The purpose of this grounder is a detail to check the Exact. Look how the preparation for this incredible feat were going.
- The assembly
Experts assembled spacecraft in January 2015 at the premises of “Lockheed Martin Space Systems” in Denver.
The aircraft was removed from the base of the container for storage on 20 June 2017. Hand aircraft with a length of 1.8 meters serve to raise seizmometar and breaking the surface of Mars. On his side there is a camera that gives you a 3D view of the landing site and other activities.
3. Collecting sunlight
Grounder panels were opened and the earth in order to test. During the test which was conducted on 23 January 2018 at Lockheed Martin engineers observed the opening and operation of solar cells.
4. Travel by truck
After it was built and tested, the spacecraft was placed in truck on February 28th, 2018. His first stop was Buckley Air Force Base.
5. Travel in the air
Once the truck arrived at the base, the aircraft was transferred to the C-17 aircraft and flew to California.
Engineer Joel Seinkraus test solar panels on one of the aircraft Mars Cube One or Marc called CubeSat or mini satellite laboratory at NASA.
7. Recent preparations
Final preparations before take-off took place at Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California.
The spacecraft was placed atop the Atlas V rocket on 5 May 2018.