NASA: InSight Lander Touches Down On Mars, Delivers Its First Clear Photo From The Planet

| November 27 , 2018 , 12:22 IST

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

Nasa's mission control at California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) erupted into cheers when it became clear that InSight was safe on the ground.

After landing successfully 19:53 GMT. Signals indicated that its solar panels had opened and they generated a few photographs relayed via another visitor to Mars: the Odyssey orbiter.

The InSight probe aims to study the world's deep interior, and make it the only planet - apart from Earth - that has been examined in this way.

It had entered the atmosphere faster than a high-velocity bullet, using the combination of a heat shield, parachute and rockets to bring itself to a gentle stop.

To reach Mars, InSight cruised 301,223,981 miles at a top speed of 6,200 miles per hour in space, followed by two cube satellites. The suitcase-size spacecraft, called MarCO, are the first cube satellites to fly into deep space. MarCO shared data about InSight when it entered the Martian atmosphere for the landing.