As you can see from the selfie above, NASA’s InSight lander has successfully landed on Mars.
InSight’s journey was an epic one. NASA launched the craft back in May, sending the 1,500-pound robotic lander 300 million miles away and eventually landing it precisely on small patch of Mars. Now that it’s there, The The lander will spend the next two years rolling around the Martian surface, studying the planet’s early geological evolution. The hope? The lander brings a new understanding of the Solar System’s terrestrial planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Earth’s moon and Mars.
Here’s what NASA had to say about the landing:
“Today, we successfully landed on Mars for the eighth time in human history. InSight will study the interior of Mars and will teach us valuable science as we prepare to send astronauts to the Moon and later to Mars. This accomplishment represents the ingenuity of America and our international partners, and it serves as a testament to the dedication and perseverance of our team. The best of NASA is yet to come, and it is coming soon.”
Watch the big day live from the NASA control room:
See a NASA expert explain the high-tech landing: