Mars. Background for the Striking Austro-Mars Mission: Geophysicist Günter Kargl (52) of the Graz Institute for Space Research (IMF) is involved in the development of a problem (see interviews). He will also evaluate the data that Insight will send over the next two years. "The most important thing is that," says Kargl to AUSTRIA, "all systems work, a great moment." Insight "traveled through the seven-month space and the 19,800-kilometer into Martian atmosphere.
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Robot will be a test hammer in Martian land
Camera. The 360-kilo robot can not roll, stored in Mars near the equipment, sends data. Eight minutes take transmissia to earth. One of the first test videos of "Insight" was the flagged parade: You can use the flags of # the countries that are involved in the mission, including our "read and read white". The image is the calibration figure: "The camera uses to test whether the color settings are adapted to the lighting conditions on Mars," Kargl says.
Moles. The main task of Insight & # 39; will be to discover the interior of the Red Planets. The robot has a whole range of physical and physical fitness (HP3) board. The researchers call Mars mole. A problem is placed five meters deep into Marsian soil and the heat will be measured.
Austro-physicist is part of the mission
AUSTRIA: "Insight" was launched. What Martian Rules Must Build The Robot Now?
Günter Kargl: The landing is exciting, but all systems work perfectly, which is a great relief. After a few hours the first photo came. But it will take two months for our HP3 drilling to get to the Martian soil. It should be investigated what the interior of Mars looks like. As a first step, all systems are now in & # 39; set up the steps, and mobilize step-by-step on a flat Martian bottom.
AUSTRIA: What happens next?
Kargl: We analyze each single bit the robot will send in the next two years. Our team consists of 60, 70 scientists. Spacecraft, flight and landing made NASA, all important instruments come from Europe.