After six months of traveling through space, NASA’s InSight made a successful landing on Mars. Moments later the lander sent the official signal that it was working properly, including a photo of the Martian surface where it landed.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory exploded into applause and cheers after the InSight lander touchdown was confirmed.
The InSight lander, or Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is on a mission to explore an area of Mars that includes its deep interior.
InSight was launched in May 5th, and will spend two years investigating the interior where the building blocks below the planet’s surface that recorded its history, CNN reports.
“We’ve studied Mars from orbit and from the surface since 1965, learning about its weather, atmosphere, geology and surface chemistry,” said Lori Glaze, acting director of the Planetary Science Division in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. “Now we finally will explore inside Mars and deepen our understanding of our terrestrial neighbor as NASA prepares to send human explorers deeper into the solar system.”
(Crusader Journal Staff)