Mission success, despite the politicians getting involved
Nice to hear the cheers as it landed, just waiting for the confirmation and pictures to come in now.
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Mission team members won't know whether InSight successfully deployed its solar panels until 8:35 p.m. EST (0135 GMT on Nov. 27) at the earliest. Without those arrays extended, the lander cannot survive, let alone probe the Red Planet's interior like never before — the main goal of the $850 million InSight mission.
The agonizing delay is unavoidable; NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter won't be in position to relay the deployment confirmation to mission control until more than 5 hours after touchdown, agency officials said.
WOW! - 'tis the tombstone of James Edward Whitaker* RIP. formerly of the spacecraft Discovery.