NASA's InSight Touches Down Successfully on the Red Planet

NASA's InSight Touches Down Successfully on the Red Planet

Wednesday, 28 November, 2018 - 07:00
Mars , Reuters
London, Washington - Asharq Al-Awsat
NASA’s InSight, the first robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of the Red Planet, touched down safely on the surface of Mars on Monday. This is the first time a NASA spacecraft lands on Mars in six years.

In a report issued from NASA's headquarters in Pasadena, California, Reuters said that InSight has safely landed on Mars's surface to start a two-year mission as the first robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of a distant world.

This landing ends a six-month trip during which the probe travelled 548 million km from Earth, after its launch from California in May.

According to the German News Agency, the final landing of the probe began at 3:00 pm local time, and lasted for about seven minutes. It started by detaching the capsule from the propulsion device, then, broke through the Martian atmosphere, and finally reduced its speed with the help of parachute and rocket brakes before touching down.

This spacecraft is the first to land on Mars since the Curiosity rover in 2012.

"This mission aims at studying the deep facts about the Red Planet, after other spacecraft studied the planet's grooves, volcanoes, rocks and soil," NASA wrote on its website. It would be like monitoring the pulse, heat and reflections of Mars.

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