At Home on Mars

The InSight lander safely reached Mars on November 26, traveling at an insanely fast 12,300 mph (19,795 km/h).  Of course, it drastically slowed down before making contact, but we’re still very impressed.  InSight immediately sent a message back to Earth and started taking pictures of its new home, just like anyone would do after finally reaching an exotic destination.  Eventually, Insight will deploy a seismometer to measure “marsquakes,” and set up a HP3 heat probe to take Mars’ temperature.  All that will take time though, as Insight needs to settle in and complete the setup process.  Jim Green, NASA Chief Scientist, hopes InSight will be happily at work by March 2019.

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