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NASA’s InSight Lander Successfully Touches Down on Mars

26 Nov 2018, 21:30 UTC
NASA’s InSight Lander Successfully Touches Down on Mars
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2:54 PM Eastern Standard Time NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported InSight was on the ground at Elysium Planitia.
For approximately one hour Monday, a number of members of the EDL Team (Entry, Descent, Landing) provided insights and commentary about the landing of InSight Mars Landing. This lander was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in May 2018 along with 2 CubeSats — MarCO A and B. The CubeSats, although not required for the mission, were able to provide quick relay of the information from InSight instead of having to wait for existing orbiters such as the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The InSight mission is intended to explore the interior of Mars using a single seismometer, a temperature probe to be driven 5 meters into the surface and radio science. InSight is the first mission which is planned to remove instruments from the lander and place them on or in the planet.
Monitors show the status of NASA’s Deep Space Network ahead of the Mars InSight landing, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to study the ...

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