NASA’s latest Mars lander, InSight, successfully touched down on the surface of the Red Planet this afternoon, surviving an intense plunge through the Martian atmosphere. It marks the eighth picture-perfect landing on Mars for NASA, adding to the space agency’s impressive track record of putting spacecraft on the planet. And now, InSight’s two-year mission has begun, one that entails listening for Marsquakes to learn about the world’s interior.
After six and a half months of traveling through space, InSight hit the top of Mars’ atmosphere a little before 3PM ET. It then made a daring descent to the surface, performing a complex
multi-step routine that slowed the lander from more than 12,000 miles per hour to just 5 miles per hour before…
NASA’s InSight spacecraft successfully lands after ‘seven minutes of terror
By Loren Grush
November 26, 2018 at 11:54AM
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