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The probe has now snapped the image of the deserted land as the dust thrown up by its arrival is still settling around the spacecraft.

But as expected, the dust kicked up during the landing obscured the first picture InSight sent back, which was heavily flecked. They'll never replace the more capable spacecraft NASA is best known for developing. "Some of the details have changed - the way we've actually implemented the connection of the seismometer to the spacecraft and some of the shielding techniques and things like that - but the mission itself has been pretty constant".

The spacecraft was launched from California in May on its $1bn mission and will spend about one Martian year collecting data to understand how Mars was formed.


A central question is why Mars, once a relatively warm, wet planet, evolved so differently from Earth into a mostly dry, desolate and cold world, devoid of life. It's hoped that the radio telescopes will pick up those signals, though NASA also has a couple of CubeSats orbiting Mars that could help relay the signals.

Earlier research unit InSight of the American space Agency NASA gave the Mars first the planet, but he was not quite good because of the dusty glass of the device. "It takes thousands of steps to go from the top of the atmosphere to the surface, and each one of them has to work perfectly [for InSight] to be a successful mission".

Once InSight successfully landed, NASA's focus shifted to the probe's solar panels.


Then, 25 minutes after that, the lander deployed its two solar arrays, with a width of 19 feet, 8 inches, to begin recharging the spacecraft's batteries.

The robot will not be spending the duration of its mission snapping landscape pics and selfies, however, but will instead conduct a core-to-crust investigation of the Red Planet's deep interior - the only planet apart from Earth that mankind will have studied in this way.

"This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprints - we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps someday, worlds beyond". NASA's contemporary Mars lander has returned the initial extraordinary images of the surface of the red planet, captured at the conclusion of a frantic journey.


By doing this the HFPPP will be able to give unique data about the planet's interior and how it evolved through time. The landing itself saw InSight slow from 12,300 miles per hour to just 5 miles per hour before touching down on the surface.

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