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#1  Postby felltoearth » Nov 26, 2018 5:15 pm

Live stream of landing today 14:00 EST

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#2  Postby The_Piper » Nov 26, 2018 6:59 pm

:eager:
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#3  Postby Macdoc » Nov 26, 2018 7:57 pm

and it's down .... :clap:

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#4  Postby newolder » Nov 26, 2018 8:09 pm

The view will improve when the dust cover comes off the camera:
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#5  Postby i have no avatar » Nov 26, 2018 8:25 pm

I have been following the Mission Control Live feed (see the post by Macdoc).

They said that InSight would wait until the dust settles before deploying the solar arrays. I could have sworn they said that it would be 10-20 minutes after landing, but I could be wrong.

Anyone know when this will be done, or if it has already happened?
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#6  Postby i have no avatar » Nov 26, 2018 8:31 pm

Update: They just said that the arrays are being deployed now. Apparently, it is a fairly slow process, which makes sense.
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#7  Postby felltoearth » Nov 26, 2018 8:53 pm

Fantastic!
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#8  Postby newolder » Nov 27, 2018 7:59 am

2nd image. This time from the instrument deployment camera on the robotic arm currently stowed atop the lander.
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#9  Postby Macdoc » Nov 27, 2018 8:57 am

Wow !!! :clap:
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#10  Postby theropod » Nov 27, 2018 1:13 pm

I read that InSight has a seismometer so sensitive it can detect motion down to half the width of a hydrogen atom. Fucking hell that is insanely tiny. Even if there are no Marsquakes this should detect meteor strikes anywhere on the planet. Damn it, I wish the rest of the government in the USA was as on target as NASA.

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#11  Postby newolder » Nov 27, 2018 1:33 pm

The tidal forces of Phobos, with an orbital period of roughly 7.7 hours, are expected to show up in the data (elasticity of Mars dependent) and local, bulk/column atmospheric pressure changes may be detectable in the noise too (local wind speed effects are eliminated by a cover to be placed over the sensor housing before operations start).

The seismometer housing is that brownish box on the left of the image above.
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#12  Postby The_Piper » Nov 27, 2018 6:20 pm

newolder wrote:2nd image. This time from the instrument deployment camera on the robotic arm currently stowed atop the lander.
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#13  Postby newolder » Nov 27, 2018 6:44 pm

I detect a slight tilt upwards to the left. Maybe a leg landed on a rock? :dunno:
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#14  Postby LucidFlight » Nov 28, 2018 2:14 am

Maybe releasing some fluids from its hindquarters.
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#15  Postby laklak » Nov 28, 2018 3:21 am

We can be clever little ground apes when we put our minds to it.
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#16  Postby newolder » Nov 28, 2018 8:29 am

LucidFlight wrote:Maybe releasing some fluids from its hindquarters.

Yes, it's quite a long trip after all, but do tripodal landers have hindquarters? :scratch:
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#17  Postby LucidFlight » Nov 28, 2018 8:31 am

Hmm, interesting point. Hindthirds, then.
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#18  Postby newolder » Nov 28, 2018 8:33 am

laklak wrote:We can be clever little ground apes when we put our minds to it.

Image updated to current lander location:
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#19  Postby felltoearth » Nov 28, 2018 1:18 pm

“I have your InSight right here, motherfuckas.”
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#20  Postby felltoearth » Nov 28, 2018 1:22 pm

So the next few weeks involve understanding the the marsscape immediately around the lander and doing test runs on earth.

https://www.space.com/42549-insight-mar ... -next.html

So, the researchers will spend the next few weeks studying InSight's landing site carefully, deciding on the best deployment area. Then they'll practice deployment using a testbed lander here at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which manages InSight's mission.

This work will include "terraforming" the testbed to resemble InSight's actual environs on the Red Planet, mission instrument operations lead Elizabeth Barrett of JPL said yesterday during a post-landing news conference here.

Barrett likened deployment to a very difficult and high-stakes version of an arcade claw-machine game.

"It makes it a little bit longer — you need to take more pauses, to make sure you actually have the grapple on the payload before you lift it up, and it's actually on the ground before you let it go," Barrett said.
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