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NASA's InSight Probe Has Sent Back Its First Photos From Mars





A six-month-long journey that could shape the future of humanity reached its nail-biting conclusion today.
On May 5th, NASA launched its InSight Mars lander from California's Vanderberg Air Force Base.
On Monday afternoon, following "seven minutes of terror," the craft reached its final destination - Elysium Planitia, a flat plain near the Red Planet's equator - where it will now spend the next two years conducting scientific research focused on the planet's interior.
InSight's efforts have the potential to teach us valuable information about the formation of rocky planets in our solar system. They could also inform our plans to one day visit, and perhaps colonize, the Red Planet.
This is what the landing looked like at NASA's headquarters:
No surprise, then, that the success of the landing set the internet ablaze. Here's what notable experts, organizations, and politicians had to say about InSight's triumphant touchdown.



Gorgeous Sol on Mars! InSight's 1st image!!!!! The dust cover is still on. That's Martian dust Bee-Tee-Dubs!
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Congratulations to @NASA on another successful landing on the Red Planet!




InSight’s view is a flat, smooth expanse called Elysium Planitia, but its workspace is below the surface, where it will study Mars’ deep interior


Image of Mars surface
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Mars is HARD! But you guys @NASAInsight make it look easy! Congratulations on behalf of the @NASANewHorizons team on a textbook Mars landing today!
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Congratulations to @NASA, @LockheedMartin, @ulalaunch, & all who made today's @NASAInSight possible! This marks the 8th time the US has landed on Mars & the 1st mission to study its deep interior. Incredible milestone!



Its new home is Elysium Planitia, a still, flat region where it’s set to study seismic waves and heat deep below the surface of the Red Planet for a planned two-year mission. Learn more:


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nasa.gov/insight
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SUCCESS! Go @NASAInSight!! Bravo, congrats to the whole mission team!

Touching down on the surface of Mars is one of the most difficult engineering challenges ever attempted, and InSight just succeeded.
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And here are InSight's first impressions of Mars:







My first picture on ! My lens cover isn’t off yet, but I just had to show you a first look at my new home. More status updates:
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After a ride like that, everything here is so...peaceful. I think I’m gonna like it here. Can’t wait to feel the Sun on my solar panels, my next major milestone later today. Read all about it:
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