Nov 26, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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There was wild excitement from usually-stoic rocket scientists at NASA today – as a Mars lander made it to the surface of the Red Planet – after a six-month, 482 million-kilometre journey and a supersonic six-minute descent through the Martian atmosphere.

The stationary lander InSight will use its 1.8-meter robotic arm to place a mechanical mole and seismometer on the ground – where the self-hammering mole will burrow five-meters down where it can measure the planet’s internal heat – as the seismometer listens for possible Mars-quakes.

NASA last landed on Mars in 2012 with the Curiosity rover.


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