NASA’s InSight mission has recently reached a new milestone to put a protective cover over the equipment. InSight mission was set up for the quest to understand the interior of the Red Planet. The probe has spent the weeks positioning a seismometer instrument on the planet’s surface since it was landed in November.
After competition of positioning the seismometer, the probe has been instructed for its new milestone to cover the same instrument with a dome that could shield it from swing in temperature and wind disturbance.
This completion of its first milestone will give researchers great confidence in the accuracy of the readings of seismic signals. InSight probe will detect the vibrations from Marsquakes and meteorite impacts that may affect the planet’s environment. Further the data collected from InSight will help in building a picture of the rock layers inside the Red Planet starting from its core to its crust.
The instrument set-up by InSight is known as Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) includes a package of high-frequency sensors from the UK. After SEIS, InSight will also position German-led experiment, called the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3). HP3 includes a mole to drill down up to 5m below the surface to determine how heat moves through the ground.
The SEIS & HP3 reading will provide an idea to scientists about how active Mars still is. The Probe was first landed on Mars on 26 November on a flat terrain close to the equator in a region referred to as Elysium Planitia.