NASA's Mars lander to touch down in five days

Nasa In Sight Mission’s live streaming at QNL on Monday

Nasa In Sight Mission’s live streaming at QNL on Monday

Scientists expect Mars 2020 to yield at least five different types of rock, including the kinds of clays and carbonates that are most likely to preserve chemical biosignatures. Though this is the case, there are still existing orbiters that can support the mission such as NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

"Getting samples from this unique area will revolutionise how we think about Mars and its ability to harbour life", added Mr Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the agency's science mission directorate.

Choosing a landing site this early permits the rover drivers and science tasks group to upgrade their plans for investigating Jezero Crater once the rover is securely on the ground.

"We're really excited. There's nothing as exciting as landing on Mars".

InSight is part of NASA's Discovery Program, managed by the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Launching a probe to Mars took place on 5 may, 2018 with the help of the rocket Atlas V. Without consideration of the cost of the rocket and costs for partners, the mission cost about $500 million.

This mission will study the internal structure, the tectonic and seismic activity on Mars.

"It's a Thursday", said Allen Chen, who's leading the entry, descent and landing team for what's now known as NASA's Mars 2020 rover.

The geologic diversity that makes Jezero Crater interesting to scientists also makes it a challenge for the rover's entry, descent and landing.

Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., are preparing to give extra thanks this holiday weekend when their latest mission to Mars - the InSight Mars Lander - touches down on the surface of the Red Planet on Monday afternoon.

"Because there are so many ancient rocks on the surface of Mars, this information is more accessible", said Meyer. "The team will continue its work to truly understand the TRN system and the risks involved, and we will review the findings independently to reassure we have maximized our chances for success".

InSight is the first NASA lander to reach the Red Planet since Curiosity touched down in 2012.

NASA's InSight spacecraft will touchdown on the surface of Mars on November 26.

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