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Successful Mars Landing

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Another robot, called InSight, has landed on Mars! With a combination of luck, engineering, and help, it took six months to get to Mars.  InSight is 373 miles from the “Curiosity” landing site.

InSight, an awesome space robot, landed on Mars on On Nov. 26, 2018, at 11:52:59.   To make this successful touchdown, the lander plunged through the thin atmosphere, heatshield first, and used a parachute to slow down.  It fired its retro-rockets in order to slowly descend to the surface of Mars, and land on the smooth plains of Elysium Planitia.

Why is InSight landing at Elysium Planitia?

InSight’s goal is to study the inside of Mars and take the planet’s facts signs, its pulse, and temperature. To look deep into Mars, the robot must be at a place where it can stay still and quiet for its entire mission. That’s why scientists chose Elysium Planitia as Insight’s home.  Elysium Planitia is located about four degrees north of Mars’ equator. If you could send a space robot to space, where would you send it? Who will you have to help make that robot? Where would you land?

What can Inight do?

InSight has a deployment camera, so it takes and sends pictures and radio waves back to Earth.   Isn’t that cool?

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