NASA's InSight Lander Successfully Arrives On Mars

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 2:24pm

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artists concept of nasa insight lander on mars
JPL-Caltech/NASA
This artist's concept depicts NASA's InSight lander after it has deployed its instruments on the Martian surface.

On Monday afternoon, just before 3:00 p.m., NASA’s InSight probe made a successful landing on the surface of Mars.

Landing InSight on the red planet was quite an accomplishment. It left California Vandenberg Air Force Base six months ago, and has traveled 300 million miles since. So, what are scientists hoping it will accomplish up there?

nasa celebration after insight lander reaches mars
B. Ingalls/NASA
The NASA InSight team reacts after receiving confirmation that the spacecraft successfully touched down on the surface of Mars.

For more on that, The Show spoke with Tanya Harrison. Harrison is the director of research at the NewSpace Initiative at ASU and has worked on earlier Mars rover landings.

first image of mars from insight lander
JPL-Caltech/NASA
This is the first image taken by NASA’s InSight lander on the surface of Mars.

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