“One of our key questions regarding habitability is, what are the key conditions planets need for life to form?”

NASA has successfully landed the InSight robotic lander on the surface of the planet Mars, making InSight the eighth lander to survive the trip.

The spacecraft was launched seven months ago and has travelled over 301 million miles to the red planet.

It hit the Martian atmosphere at a top speed of 12,300 miles per hour.

It was thought that mission control would have to make some last minute adjustments to the algorithm that safely guides the spacecraft to the surface, but no intervention was needed.

The Spacecraft successfully landed in the Elysium Planitia, a plain that straddles the planets equator.

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