tv NASA TV Insight Mars Landing CSPAN November 26, 2018 8:45pm-9:14pm EST
standing by for land or separation. -- for lander separation. lander separation commanded. altitude 600 meters. altitude 400 meters, 300 meters, 200 meters, 80 meters. 60 meters. 50 meters. constant velocity. 37 meters. 30 meters. 20 meters. 17 meters. standing by for touchdown. touchdown confirmed.
>> this is the hard work. this thing has a lot more to do. there are many days before science can begin. accomplishmenthe we are seeing. this vehicle is very complicated. it uses 12 engines. produces tiny impulses, keep theke bullets, to vehicle and constant velocity as it approaches the ground, and going over five miles per hour.
we will wait for the dust to settle. there is a lot of dust left in the air around the vehicle right now. we are standing by after touchdown. we are standing by for that. the communication comes directly to earth from insight. there is also something that might be happening now. the was this image taken a couple of minutes after landing. we will certainly get more images later. i don't know if they see it,
yet. >> we are waiting. bruce is looking carefully at the camera to see what they might see. this is the first image from insight itself. this is probably a view of the camera to see if this is a good place to put down instruments. theill send that image and image will be relayed back down to earth. >> they got it! there it is. wow! [applause]
the field of view. the dust cover will be removed. >> they will give it another shot later on. really communication -- realy is communications job done. hopefully they might have caught the insight lander under its flyingte while mro was overhead, recording the data. we might be able to see the parachute inflated. >> we are standing by.
>> 4.5 minutes with insight. >> flawless. flawless. perfect scenario. >> this is what we really hoped and imagined. we are visualizing all these bad things that can happen. you can look at the data to see how well it went. it looked like a perfect landing. as the vehicle perceives, hopefully the solar panels will be deployed. safely, we hope. hopefully we will get confirmation of that around 5:00 local time.
that will be about five hours from now. there is no way that any of these engineers could possibly control the vehicle. >> we have to train it to do this work on its own. 30report, nominal carrier, seconds. the surface. >> the vehicle is reported nominal. the lander is not complaining. we have a way for it to tell us "i am happy". along for the rest of the afternoon on mars. >> rob, i know you are anxious to get in and congratulate the
>> as we had promised, we said we would bring back the administrator to get your take on what was it like to be in control room. what was it like? >> it was intense, and you could feel the emotion. it was very, very quiet, a very celebratory with every little new piece of information that was received. being hereifferent than watching it on tv, by far, i content you that, now that i have experienced both. and then of course, what's amazing is as soon as it was over, i got a call my cell phone in the phone of her was all zeros. it's got to be somebody important. i answered it, and it was the vice president. he watched the whole thing. he was absolutely ecstatic about our program.
he's the chairman of the national space council and he has been 18 advocate for what we do. to have him call within seconds of mission success is tremendous. just so everyone knows, he wants me to say congratulations to everyone here at nasa and all our international partners come everyone who has contributed to this mission. what an amazing day for nasa. brexit is an amazing accomplishment in that this is something that is happening millions and millions of miles away. these people are able to do it. >> what is fascinating is the whole time i am watching it, i am, every milestone is something that happened eight minutes ago because the timeline to get a signal from mars to earth. it's exciting, but you have to get back and realize this has already occurred in history. it is a unique experience, incredible. i just the enthusiasm here is incredible.
quick so what is for the future, looking ahead, 2020? we think about what's happening next, december 3 we are launching other american astronaut in the international space station. it's going to be a big achievement. we figured out what the problem is and are moving forward. we have that underway december 3. we will get the first signs data back on december 7, so that is not too far away, either. cyrus >> that will be in orbit shortly after christmas. no shortage of exciting things. on january 1, we will fly the new horizons mission, which is the mission that went to pluto back in 2014, a bus stunning images and data and information on pluto.
now that mission is still going strong. belt, which kuiper is well beyond pluto. it will be taking images of an object in the kuiper belt which we have never been able to go out there and take images of anything at close range before. right now at nasa there is more underway probably then i don't know how many years past, but there is a drought and then all of a sudden all these activities at once. we will be working through the holiday, but a lot of amazing discoveries to be made, and we are looking forward to it. does it influence the timeline for future man lunar or mars missions? certainly everything we
learned about mars at this point will help understand how to do resource utilization. insight could provide some good information about whether there is liquid water on mars and maybe even where it is and how to get to it. we strongly believe there is liquid water in 10 kilometers under the surface of mars. the key is -- the answer is yes. the more we learn, the more we are able to achieve. mission, to go to the moon sustainably with international and commercial partners. that means we will have reusability built into the system and we will test and prove technologies at the moon that ultimately we can replicate on mars. improve human to physiology at the moon, which is only a three-day journey. that means if something goes wrong, we can get home safely. we saw that with apollo 13.
we are doing missions like inside to learn as much about mars as possible. insight will help us understand after effects as well. to help usismometer know how long mars gets impacted with asteroids. if her want to send humans there, it will be important to know if those humans are going to experience asteroid impact. history of doing amazing work and building on its past successes and its past failures. what an amazing time to be at the helm of this extraordinary agency. >> we are so glad you are here to share it with us. thanks for joining us. i'm sure you need to go in there and celebrate with those folks. thank you for stepping out for us. take care. >> c-span, where history unfolds daily.
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