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NASA probe InSight successfully lands on Mars

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After seven months of traveling in space, NASA’s InSight probe has successfully landed on Mars. InSight is set to go further into the interior of Mars than any other spacecraft in history.

Unlike the Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in 2012, InSight is a probe focused on the interior of the planet. (InSight is an acronym for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport.) The probe is being celebrated online by the science community as a revolutionary breakthrough in space travel and Mars exploration.

The landing of InSight is an important historical moment for many reasons—like this impressive celebratory handshake in NASA’s control room.

InSight’s landing marks a promising future for further American exploration of space. This, of course, prompted some cynical commentary.

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President Donald Trump said on Monday that he didn’t believe a recent U.S. climate report warning that the Earth is deteriorating rapidly and might result in the death of thousands. Several people drew comparisons between Trump’s comments about Earth and the recent accomplishment on Mars.

The new probe will take a few months to place instruments on the surface of Mars and will study the planet from one stationary spot, according to NASA. InSight is expected to study the planet beyond its surface for the next two years.

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Alexis Tatum

Alexis Tatum

Alexis Tatum studies journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She's an editorial intern with the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Orange magazine and the Daily Texan.