(WATCH): NASA Successfully Lands InSight Spacecraft On Mars – After Travelling 300-Million-Mile In 6 Months

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NASA Successfully Lands InSight spacecraft On Mars - After Travelling 300-million-mile In 6 Months

NASA Successfully Lands InSight Spacecraft On Mars – After Travelling 300-Million-Mile In 6 Months

After traveling 300 million miles through the solar system for over 6 months, NASA’s InSight spacecraft successfully descended through the sky of Mars on Monday and touched down safely on the smooth surface of Elysium Planitia at 11:53 a.m. PST.

Cheers erupted at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., which operates the spacecraft, when InSight sent back acknowledgment of its safe arrival on Mars.

It is understood that that was the end of a journey of more than six months and 300 million miles.

It also means that the two-year mission to study the inside of Mars, which is formally called Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is now on.

InSight launched from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in May and, after an uneventful six-month cruise, closed in on Mars over Thanksgiving weekend. That meant engineers spent their holiday finessing the spacecraft’s final approach.

In the months ahead, InSight will begin its study of the Martian underworld, with the aim of helping scientists understand how the planet formed, lessons that could help also shed light on Earth’s origins.

It will listen for tremors — marsquakes — and collect data that will be pieced together in a map of the interior of the red planet.

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