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NASA's InSight probe successfully lands on Mars

By T.K. Randall
November 26, 2018 · Comment icon 42 comments



The descent saw InSight slow from 12,300mph to just 5mph. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
After a harrowing descent through the Martian atmosphere, the probe has finally reached its destination.
There was much to celebrate at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory today as, following the much maligned '7 minutes of terror', the signal was received to report that InSight had touched down.

While it will be a few hours before we will know if the lander's solar panels have deployed successfully, things are so far looking promising and the probe has survived the riskiest part of the mission.

"Congratulations to @NASA, @LockheedMartin, @ulalaunch, and all who made today's @NASAInSight #MarsLanding possible!" wrote Vice President Mike Pence.
"This marks the 8th time the US has landed on Mars and the 1st mission to study its deep interior. Incredible milestone."

Over the coming months, the $1 billion lander will attempt to learn more about what lies beneath the surface of the Red Planet using an array of instruments including a burrowing temperature sensor and a seismometer designed to detect Marsquakes.

The mission, which is expected to last two Earth years, will ultimately produce a true 3D image of Mars, offering clues as to how the planet (and by extension the Earth) formed billions of years ago.



Source: Independent | Comments (42)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #33 Posted by Socks Junior 4 years ago
Jesus. Christ.  To return the nitpicking favor, before today, of the eight missions to Mars since 2010 (not just counting landings...I did say missions), three have failed (two due to the same spacecraft failure), and four have been successful. Which, to define the numbers is a 57.1% mission success rate. (If we count the joint mission as a single failure, well...that jumps to a 66.7% success rate.)  Which then improved after today. Sure, you did say landings... So the total landing success rate was 7/17, right?  Translates to a 41.2% success rate for landings.  So even the 50% success rate fo... [More]
Comment icon #34 Posted by Myles 4 years ago
'Nice try but you are wrong.   NASA has been very successful since 2000.  Choosing to include missions from just this century is valid, not cherry picking.
Comment icon #35 Posted by L.A.T.1961 4 years ago
There is a difference but it's probably not due to the image. Monitors and TV panels will require there colour balance calibration properly set up to display an image accurately. I doubt the TV panel had been set up as it is only for general viewing. If you want to see what's involved calibrating a screen have a look at this link.   https://www.howtogeek.com/342756/how-to-match-colors-on-your-multiple-monitors/ 
Comment icon #36 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
Waiting for some science result now ! That's cool !
Comment icon #37 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 years ago
Yet it conviniently ignores the failed landing attempt of the Mars Polar Lander on 3rd December 1999, just 4 weeks before your chosen start time. How is that not cherry-picking?
Comment icon #38 Posted by Hammerclaw 4 years ago
A fascinating mission and I'll enjoy watching it's progress. So many things had to go right to achieve it, I'm just grateful it's there, now. NASA's InSight Mars lander captured this view of its surroundings shortly after touching down on the Red Planet on Nov. 26, 2018.
Comment icon #39 Posted by Myles 4 years ago
Ok, include that one.  NASA has still been very successful.  6 of 7.
Comment icon #40 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
That's so cool! but at first glimpse seeing this picture, it remember me of an old outboard engine on a zodiac with some fishing gear laying around...lol Would be so good to have some kind of ''live feed'' on mission like that !
Comment icon #41 Posted by TaintlessMetals 4 years ago
I like how you speak in such absolutes here without asking for any further input. I have the shots I'm referencing saved so if you care to actually take a look. Go over to disclose.tv as the image size is to large to post here. It is under insight lander. 
Comment icon #42 Posted by Myles 4 years ago
It is so amazing to see clear pics of Mars.     https://www.foxnews.com/science/nasas-insight-mars-lander-reveals-stunningly-clear-pictures-of-the-red-planet


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