NASA’s InSight Probe touches down on Mars, already Tweeting photos
NASA says it’s landed its spacecraft on Mars, but it will take time before it’s ready to explore the planet’s interior.
Cheers erupted among scientists who had waited in white-knuckle suspense for flight controllers to announced the probe had touched down as planned.
Thank you so much to my incredible team who got me safely to #Mars. Hear from some of them on how my #MarsLanding went. Tune in at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET): https://t.co/oig27aMjZd pic.twitter.com/xbS9W4YFUI
— NASAInSight (@NASAInSight) November 26, 2018
The spacecraft is designed to drill down into Mars’ interior over a two-year mission.
It will detect marsquakes, meteor strikes and other seismic activity.
And the InSight Probe has already begun Tweeting photos…
— NASAInSight (@NASAInSight) November 27, 2018
Monash University Astronomer Michael Brown tells Chris Smith it’s groundbreaking.
“It’s the first probe that’s going to peer inside, in detail, into Mars, and I think we’re going to learn a lot from it.”
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