Mars Landing

January 11, 2019
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED NASA InSight team members celebrate as the spacecraft lands on Mars.
BILL INGALLS—NASA/GETTY IMAGES

NASA’s InSight spacecraft has made it to Mars. It landed there on November 26. It took InSight more than six months to get to the Red Planet. The trip was 300 million miles long.

Flight controllers cheered when InSight touched down. “Flawless,” Rob Manning said. “Sometimes, things work out in your favor.” Manning works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The lab is in California. Manning is its chief engineer.

The spacecraft will stay in one spot for two years. Scientists will use InSight to collect data. InSight will also create 3D images of Mars. The images could help us understand how our solar system formed, 4.5 billion years ago.

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