Marsquake sensor lands safely on Red Planet

The first image from NASA's In Sight was returned to Earth almost immediately

NASA's InSight lander has arrived safely on Mars, and the first clear pictures have come back.

"It was intense and you could feel the emotion", said Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine, in an interview on Nasa television afterward.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence watch landing on television and called to congratulate the USA space agency for its hard work.

Today, we successfully landed on Mars for the eighth time in human history. Evidence of a liquid core could hint at the likelihood of previous life on the Red Planet billions of years ago.

France's Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) made the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (Seis) instrument, the key element for sensing quakes.

"Everybody was ridiculously happy, relieved and it took a while to sink in", he said.

Landing was thrilling, but I'm looking forward to the drilling.

The lander is powered by two solar panels which unfold on landing.

Once the dust settles this is what In Sight will look like when it starts performing science experiments
Once the dust settles this is what In Sight will look like when it starts performing science experiments

Professor Pike said: "Studying Mars lets us travel to the solar system's ancient past".

A former member of Northern Michigan University's Board of Trustees is in a key role at NASA, where scientists are celebrating Monday's successful touchdown on Mars.

"We never take Mars for granted". The mission also measures tectonic activity and meteorite impacts on Mars. Insight, NASA's probe finally reached the Red Planet and it sent back some snapshots home. No wonder they call it the "seven minutes of terror".

San Francisco's impact on the National Football League this season hasn't been huge, but they inspired a celebration that was used after landing a rover on Mars.

When InSight entered the atmosphere the lander itself will be protected by its heat shield. Normally, this relaying is done using the already existing spacecraft such as NASA's Mars Odyssey and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter or the European Space Agency's Mars Express.

"It was nearly hard to believe this wasn't written by some Hollywood writer to put the ideal amount of delay in there - so that everybody sat on the edge of their seat. Through the entire entry, descent and landing it performed flawlessly", said Stu Spath, InSight program manager and director of Deep Space Exploration at Lockheed Martin Space.

After the two trips, NASA sent Bateson an e-boarding pass that shows her name, InSight launch date and the total number of kilometres her name has travelled - 484.8 million.

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