The news that NASA has emerged (new) on Mars has two silent protagonists, but that in practice there was a constitution on which the world knew that the Insight test was successful on & # 39; 39; the red planet is raised. They are Wall-E and Eva, two nanosatellites who worked as a resident of the robot who research the Martian soil. They followed the operation at a distance and sent in minutes to the earth the confirmation that everything went well.
Satellites call attention to name. Although they have been formulated, Marco-A and Marco-B (for the program they are part), NASA scientists called them as the characters in the Pixar movie of 2008. There are two for a simple reason: If one failed, the other could only remain the mission.
The two satellites of the program Marco followed the launch of the Insight probe. (AP)
The mission of Marko, NASA explains the site of # 39; an Insight probe, was built to test whether these two small experimental spaces – the size of a suitcase – survive the journey into a deep space. These two nanosatellites known as CubeSats proved more or more.
Since seven months they traveled from Earth to Mars back to the Insight and put themselves in the 'Age' to detail the details of ' to land the land, which is forming this Monday.
"Wall E and EVA worked just as we expected," said Marko engineer Andy Klesh of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. These are the CubeSats developers. "They were an excellent test of how it will be possible in future missions," the status of a landing after the minute.
As a result of the spatial agency, they use experimental radios and antennas and names only 8 minutes when sending data to the earth.
The first image that Insight was sent was landing on Martian soil. (EFE)
The difficulties represented by a Landing on Mars (but 40% of the experiments are successful), scientists work on this model of small satellites, as well as "black skin" to take on an accident and then to investigate and improve future prospects.
One detail: the project was most developed by young scholars and in many cases it was about a first experience in space missions. As a result, successfully has an extra flavor for her.
After landing Marco-B to take a farewell to the Red Planet. He also sought to find photographs of the months of Mars, Phobos and Deimos.
The image of Mars that one of the satellites takes away more than a thousand kilometers away. (REUTERS)
"Wall E sent great postcards of Mars!" said Cody Colley, JPL, miss manager of Marco, who led the work to make each CubeSat take pictures.
With the realization of 'missile' goals, the Marko team will earn the next weeks in the coming weeks gather extra data from each CubeSat.
Meanwhile, on Mars, Insight is the essence of the grounds that engineers can decide how to use the scientific instruments of & # 39; place spacecraft. NASA estimates that it takes two to three months before these instruments are fully introduced and send data.