NASA Spacecraft Lands on Mars
NASA recently scored its eighth successful landing on Mars since the 1976 Vikings. After a six month journey to the planet, a specialized robot will operate there, exploring the planet’s interior. Flight Controllers for NASA are seen celebrating after receiving confirmation via radio signals that the robotic spacecraft, InSight, successfully landed.
InSIght will dig in the same spot for two years, gathering information about Mars’ mysterious insides. NASA previously landed on Mars in 2012 with the Curiosity rover that is only 400 miles away from the InSight. The international mission required a total of $1 billion in funds. Although Earth’s overall success rate on Mars is 40%, NASA satellites around the planet will provide regular updates on the status of the InSight lander.