Touchdown on Mars!

US space agency Nasa has landed a new robot on Mars after a dramatic seven-minute plunge to the surface of the Red Planet.

The robot is called the InSight probe and it aims to study the deep interior of Mars.

This will make it the only planet – apart from Earth – that has been examined in this way.

Nasa’s mission control in California erupted with delight when it became clear InSight was safe on the ground.

The probe landed safely on a flat plain known as Elysium Planitia, close to the Red Planet’s equator.

Engineers are currently awaiting a health report and a picture from the probe that shows its surroundings.

What is different about this mission?
This will be the first probe to dedicate its investigations to understanding Mars’ interior.

Scientists want to know how the world is constructed – from its core to its crust. InSight has three principal experiments to achieve this goal.

The first is a package of Franco-British seismometers that will be lifted on to the surface to listen for “Marsquakes”. These vibrations will reveal where the rock layers are and what they are made of.

A German “mole” will burrow up to 5m into the ground to take the planet’s temperature. This will give a sense of how active Mars still is.

And the third experiment will use radio transmissions to very precisely determine how the planet is wobbling on its axis.

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ollie
ollie
2 years ago

cool

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

that’s pretty good

hamy ham
hamy ham
2 years ago

awesome!

hamy ham
hamy ham
2 years ago

wow cool

hamy ham
hamy ham
2 years ago

Wow Cool! Yay

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

about time

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

Who took the picture?

guest
guest
2 years ago

thats pretty good

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

mind blown

potato
potato
2 years ago

what the flip? i never knew mars would be reasearched like that!

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

this touchdown is really nice

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

WOW!

Naomi
Naomi
2 years ago

That’s pretty cool

Charlize
Charlize
2 years ago

That is super cool

tbh MEME
tbh MEME
2 years ago

We havent even explored half of our own world why would we want to discover another

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

cool

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

Do not

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

I love mars

saihaj
saihaj
1 year ago

this was pretty fun 😀

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