NASA spacecraft lands on Mars

Touchdown: NASA's InSight Lands on Mars (VIDEO)

Flight controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. leapt out of their seats and erupted in screams, applause and laughter as news came in that the three-legged InSight lander had touched down on the red planet.

NASAs InSight spacecraft touched down safely on Mars on Monday, kicking off a two-year mission to explore the deep interior of the Red Planet.

The dramatic arrival of the $993 million spacecraft - created to listen for quakes and tremors as a way to unveil the Red Planet's inner mysteries, how it formed billions of years ago and, by extension, how other rocky planets like Earth took shape - marked the eighth successful landing on Mars in NASA's history.

NASA says this can not be confirmed until more than five hours after touchdown.

Another said: "Thank you NASA!" Bridenstine also said President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had watched on television and called to congratulate the U.S. space agency for its hard work.

The vehicle appeared to be in good shape, according to the first communications received from the Martian surface.

It could be about three or four months before InSight starts sending back that information, so in the meantime, enjoy the view.

The instrument team will be joined by United Kingdom seismologists from Bristol, led by Dr Nick Teanby, Imperial, led by Professor Gareth Collins, and Oxford led by Dr Neil Bowles, to analyse the data from all of the mission's instruments.

"It does look like the lander is a bit tilted, which is not ideal, but the workspace looks flat as a pancake and almost rock-free". With this safe landing, I'm here.

Next, InSight must open its solar arrays, as NASA waits until later in the afternoon to learn if that final, crucial phase went as planned.

Touchdown: NASA's InSight Lands on Mars (VIDEO)

"InSight is different to previous Mars missions".

More than half of 43 attempts to reach Mars with rovers, orbiters and probes by space agencies from around the world have failed.

InSight and the next Mars rover mission, scheduled for 2020, along with others in the planning stage, are seen as precursors for eventual human exploration of Mars, NASA officials said.

Out of 17 missions to Mars, 10 have crashed. The device, to be placed on the surface by the lander's robot arm, is so sensitive it can measure a seismic wave just one half the radius of a hydrogen atom. Mars has an incredibly thin atmosphere which means there is very little friction to help slow down a spacecraft.

An engineer smiles next to an image of Mars sent from the InSight lander shortly after it landed on Mars. France's Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) made the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) instrument, the key element for sensing quakes.

The self-hammering mole will burrow 16 feet down to measure the planet's internal heat, while the ultra-high-tech seismometer listens for possible marsquakes.

Spain's Centro de Astrobiologia made the spacecraft's wind sensors.

InSight carries three instruments designed and built in the United Kingdom as part of the seismic package.

A quick photo sent from Mars' surface was marred by specks of debris on the camera cover but showed a flat surface with few if any rocks - just what scientists were hoping for.

"Landing on Mars is one of the hardest single jobs that people have to do in planetary exploration", said InSight's lead scientist, Bruce Banerdt.

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