Professor Tom Pike of Imperial College London is part of the science team on the InSight mission on Mars with Mars. His group has given small seismometers that enable Nasa to find "Marsquakes", which we should have a built-in structure; Red Planet. Here, just a few hours before InSight sends an application to Mars's surface, Professor Pike shows his feelings.
As a scientist, it is hard for me to think that there is an opportunity to play a part in achieving progress.
It is expected that Napoleon has asked "I know it's good enough, but is he lucky?"
Any scientist would be declining if they thought that questioning would be similar.
In terms of engineers, it would be considered to be a harassment if their bridges or tunnels needed to rely on a fortune without going down or entering.
But, as we are now waiting for the InSight to land, hitting the top of the Mars world, I hope to get some fortune.
No doubt that's going to be a hunt! Some of the best engineers in our world, from the Jet Propulsion Nasa Lab, have to put our instruments on Mars.
Given that about 60% of the campaigns launched to Mars do not do it, they have an amazing record.
The last JPL messengers have been added to their Red Planet, Odyssey Orbiter, the Spirits and Opportunities, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Phoenix, and the Rover Curiosity – all of these initiatives.
Six years ago Martian's surface was stressed from the incredible "Skycrane", an impressive piece of engineering. We do not want JPL to break out the streak that is win now!
But even the best engineers in the world can not control all the dangers Inview has faced in a couple of hours because it is in a position that it has been in the world. fall to the surface of the planet. There are sequences of spaceships that need to be put to death first, but even after that, we could go ashore just in the wrong place.
On a rocky land?
Mars is a planetary rocky. Without water, it's not just a wind that will be; Breaking down the rocks that have the surface rubbish. And rocks are laid down on the surface as meteorites affect Mars's weak atmosphere over millions of years and its; digging the surface.
If we drop a large boulder, we will lose the casualty, or, pound on our country record.
This is a fair game – how lucky we need? Constantinos Charalambous, a member of the UK team, has been working with Matt Golombek and JPL scientists to consider these problems.
This is not easy. Our best images in our area can be able to; See rockets down to one meter in diameter. But rocks less than half the size of that could kill our mission.
We wanted to select a website based on watching down our mind, and # 39; Using the best statistics we can throw at the problem. Constantinos wrote the doctor's dissertation on this problem, based on the data we got back from the Phoenix 2007 to Mars mission.
The Phoenix microscope station gave us the easiest sight of the soil on Mars. Constantinos worked back from these images to fill out how the rocks on Mars were broken from a large number of meters across, to the best dust you can see with the first person who will turn the plan to turn.
Based on these accounts for the area we have chosen to landshot InSight, we believe that the problem is to be in a position; coming down on a very large rock that dropped by 3%. That is definitely not impossible, and JPL has been hitting the worst problems in the past.
But it is also fair to say that they have been traveling on their fortune and not every intention of having the same fortune.
For example, it seems that Beagle II, the first attempt made by the UK to land on Mars, and had its bad luck to come down beside a boulder that could stop getting her peat to power get a signal back to Earth.
Not just the rocks. Mars's atmosphere grows wild, and we are rely on her to pull us down. The Schiaparelli mission of the European Spatial Mission failed, the last attempt on landing on Mars, when it started to spun too quickly under its breakdown on the road down.
Although I'm not willing to accept it, we need a few fortunes on Monday. As Napoleon also said: "The biggest events are hanged by a thread."
I hope that the thread is strong enough to take it down to Mars surface in one piece.