NASA properly released the Mars Perception lander on May possibly five — the 1st interplanetary mission to start from the US west coastline — and it truly is now perfectly on its way to Mars at a velocity of six,200 miles for every hour. On Aug. five, NASA known as it: Perception has attained the midway stage on its journey.
The lander by itself is tucked neatly at the rear of an aeroshell, to guard it through flight. Till it reaches the tactic period of its mission, NASA watch the wellbeing of the tiny area robotic and check out in to make confident all the things is doing work as it need to be.
After trajectory correction maneuvers on May possibly 22 and July 28, Perception is now on a comparatively steady class and will not likely see yet another main correction until finally Oct. 12, 2018. As of creating, the tiny lander however has yet another 18,000,000 miles to fly, but it will make brief get the job done of that.
The Perception lander is scheduled to contact down on Mars on Nov. 26, where by it will start carrying out a amount of experiments that will allow for it to glimpse again by means of time — how the world fashioned and advanced and what minerals are existing below its crimson exterior.