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InSight Mars landed safely and is commencing on its mission

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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mars-landing-nasa-mars-lander-insight-on-course-for-touchdown-today-2018-11-26/

 

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After a six-month voyage from Earth, NASA's InSight Mars lander will slam into the thin Martian atmosphere Monday afternoon to begin a nail-biting six-and-a-half-minute descent to the surface. After streaking through space at some 12,300 mph, the landing will kick off a billion-dollar mission to probe the red planet's hidden interior.

 

"The goal of InSight is nothing less than to better understand the birth of the Earth, the birth of the planet we live on, and we're going to do that by going to Mars," said Principle Investigator Bruce Banerdt.

 

On Earth, plate tectonics and the constantly churning mantle have altered the planet's deep interior, obscuring its history and evolution. But Mars is a smaller planet and much less active than Earth, retaining the "fingerprints" of those earlier processes.

 

"By mapping out these boundaries, these various different sections of the inside of the planet, we can then understand better how the planet formed and how our planet got to be the way it is where we can actually live and play and have a good time," Banerdt said. "... So, we're going to go to Mars."

 

A final correction maneuver was planned Sunday afternoon to slightly tweak InSight's trajectory and ensure an on-target landing on a broad plain known as Elysium Planitia.

 

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For anyone else who might want to watch it happening live, here's a link to NASA TV's livestream on YouTube:

 

 

And here's inside Mission Control:

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Boyle5150 said:

How much do you want to bet that Matt Damon survives? 

He was shrunk to 5” tall in that documentary Downsizing so it seems unlikely at this point. 

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17 minutes ago, Spawn_of_Apathy said:

If they fill the punch card will congress give all their funding back?

Pretty congress then demands they get a free mission. 

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1 hour ago, legend said:

Touch down complete :) 

 

NASA is the best.

 

They are the only institution that keeps me somewhat optimistic about the intellectual future of this country.

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7 minutes ago, Jwheel86 said:

What's the time difference? Was everything that happened 30 minutes ago? 

8.1 minute delay between radio signals. The lander touched down at 14:47.

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