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#968

I had not found APOD yet somehow, thanks for that!


#969

#970

Landing in less than 30 mins.


#971

yep :sunglasses:

are you also watching the stream? stage separation in 7 minutes


#972

Got it on in the background. Interrupted Frasier for this, so hope it doesn’t mess up.


#973

First image from Insight


#974

just hope the solar panels deploy, but so far everything worked perfectly :clinking_glasses:


#975

Looks like they landed on some rocks… Hopefully they’re not in the way of any instruments.


#976

should not be a problem. For the instruments where it would matter there is the arm


#977

Scott Manley was saying that the drill for the thermometer is only designed to go through soil, so if there’s hardcore under the topsoil, they’re in trouble.


#978

now every science tuber is gonna go crazyyyyyyyyyy


#979

:thinking:

does not look like solid rock though :thinking:


#980

whats 1 meter if not 5 meters below
that if its hard rock gonna screw that drill


#981

yeah, it’s a calculated risk (in the most literal sense of the word)


#982

Is this the first time Cubesats have been used for an interplanetary mission?


#983

depends on your definition of cube sat

it was the first time they were used to monitor EDL though

Edit: seems like they were really the first interplanetary cube sats, can’t find any other


#984

yes
for mars missions like this


#985

#986

Saturday, Dec. 29: APL mission operations and science operations centers tours; opportunity to gather b-roll footage of critical working areas that will be closed to media and the public the following day and throughout flyby activities.

Sunday, Dec. 30: Media center opens; possible media briefing on mission status and timelines.

Monday, Dec. 31: Final approach to Ultima Thule, with media briefing on mission status and latest approach images. Team member presentations on mission science and operations.

Wednesday Jan. 2 through Friday, Jan. 4, 2019: Daily briefings and/or media availabilities to discuss spacecraft status, new images and data/findings.

A detailed list of media events and coverage will be released at a later date.


#987

I just love the precise choice of words in these articles. “NASA’s InSight has sent signals to Earth indicating that its solar panels are open and collecting sunlight on the Martian surface.” It’s not “The solar panels are deployed” because that would draw conclusions, but we have data indicating they opened. :grin: