Friday , May 20 2022

NASA InSight: Nasa's InSight lands on Mars 'with 1 lakh Indians' India News


MUMBAI: Around 1.30am on Tuesday, 1,38,899 Mississippi, landed 'on the flat Elsium Planitia region of Mars after traveling for six months in Nasa's InSight (Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) mission.

Do not get it wrong. It was not a manned mission. The names of these space-crazy Indians have been etched on a silicone wafer microchip using a electron beam to form letters with one-one-oneth of the diameter of a human hair. This tiny chip was attached to the top hull of the lander.

The over one lakh Indians who responded to a call from Nasa to participate in the flight were provided online boarding pass by the space agency.

Some people posted an image of their boarding card on Facebook.


Details provided by Nasa showed that the total number of names received from around the world was 2.42,9807. India ranked third in the global list, the first being the US with 6,76,773 names, followed by China with 2,62,752 names.

On Tuesday, when InSight executed a soft touchdown on the surface of the Red Planet after slamming the Martian atmosphere at a whopping 12,300 mph and slowing down to five mph in just six and a half times, India had another reason to celebrate : For the post-landing operations, one of the key figures is Indian – Ravi Prakash, a system engineer with Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

In an interview to TOI, he said: "InSight will be the first mission to use a robotic arm to place instruments on the surface of Mars. We feel confident we can put these instruments on Mars, "he said

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