Nasa's InSight lander to study interior of Mars

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Automatic interplanetary station Mars InSight on the payments reach the surface of Mars on Monday, 26 November, 15:00 East coast time USA.

"We're really excited. There's nothing as exciting as landing on Mars".

It will touch down on a flat, smooth plain close to the planet's equator called the Elysium Planitia - a place where oddball alien hunters claim to have spotted a "crashed UFO" and an "extraterrestrial city".

InSight was launched in Vandenberg Air Force Base in California last May 5, together with MarCO, but the orbiters have been navigating on their own since the launch. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander created to study the "inner space" of Mars: its crust, mantle, and core.

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The six-wheeled, plutonium-powered Mars 2020 rover is built on the same basic design as NASA's Curiosity rover, which has been exploring Mars' Gusev Crater for more than six years. It will also help us learn more about how the rocky planets in the inner solar system formed four billion years ago.

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InSight is part of NASA's Discovery Program, managed by the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Unlike other ventures, the lander will remain in a fixed position.

Scientists have debated where to land the rover for the past four years, and whittled down their decision from more than 60 possible sites. Instead, it will use a number of instruments and its seven-foot-long robotic arm to drill about 16 feet below the surface.

Make sure you visit Metro.co.uk on the day as well to get all the news about this historic Mars landing.

Ten minutes before entry, the InSight lander will release its protective cover in its cruising stage.

NASA expects the heat shield to remain hot for around 3 minutes until the parachute deploys. At a distance of 12 km from the surface will develop a parachute with a diameter of 39 ft (11,88 m).

Experts believe the 28-mile (45-kilometer) wide basin could have collected and preserved ancient organic molecules and other signs of microbial life.

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