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InSight Mars lander deploys seismometer defend – Astronomy Now

February 6, 2019 • By

The robotic arm aboard NASA’s InSight Mars lander has completed deployment of the Seismic Experiment for Inside Building, or SEIS, instrument by lowering a defending enclosure over the ultra-sensitive machine. Provided by the French Space Firm CNES, SEIS is designed to measure Mars quakes, meteoroid impacts and another disturbances that managed to shake the pink planet, allowing researchers to assemble up a three-dimensional map of the martian inside.

A dome-like wind and thermal defend now encloses an ulta-sensitive French-built seismometer positioned on the ground of Mars by NASA’s InSight lander. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The seismometer was lifted from InSight’s greater deck and positioned on the ground 19 December. The dome-like wind and thermal defend seen proper right here was lowered over SEIS instrument on 2 February. Because of the instrument measures vibrations on the order of half the radius of a hydrogen atom, it should be protected towards exterior forces identical to the martian wind and the implications of temperature extremes.

A view of the SEIS instrument sooner than the wind and thermal defend was lowered into place. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

With SEIS now in place, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, will give consideration to deploying InSight’s completely different foremost instrument, the Heat Transfer and Bodily Properties Bundle, designed to hammer itself into the soil near the spacecraft to measure sub-surface temperatures. The instrument was supplied by the German Space Firm.