NASA Spacecraft lands on Mars. 27 November 2018.

NASA Spacecraft lands on Mars. 27 November 2018.

Accessed on 27 November 2018, 0524 UTC.

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Comment:  The Mars lander “Insight” landed safely on the Martian surface on Monday (26 November 2018) to begin its two-year mission as the first spacecraft designed to explore the deep interior of “The Red Planet.”  Touchdown was confirmed just before 3 p.m. EST, “instantly dispelling the anxiety that had gripped the control room a the spacecraft made its six-minute descent.”

According to the Associated Press, there are high hopes that this mission will reveal the hidden history of Mars and perhaps tell us something about the origins of Earth:

“By examining and mapping the interior of Mars, scientists hope to learn why the rocky planets in our solar system turned out so different and why Earth became a haven for life.
Still, there are no life detectors aboard InSight. NASA’s next mission, the Mars 2020 rover, will prowl for rocks that might contain evidence of ancient life.
The question of whether life ever existed in Mars’ wet, watery past is what keeps driving NASA back to the fourth rock from the sun.”

Thanks for joining us today.

Until next time,

Russ Roberts

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