Touchdown on Mars! NASA’s InSight rover survives ‘six and a half minutes of terror’ landing | Daily Mail Online

The InSight rover has been travelling through space for six months, but its long journey ultimately boiled down to a nail-biting few minutes this afternoon. Its descent started just before 3pm EST, with helpless scientists waiting on the final word from a pair of Mars orbiters dubbed Wall-E and Eve to confirm landing. Many were in tears when landing was finally confirmed

NASA’s $1 billion new Mars rover has successfully landed on the red planet after a nerve-wracking ‘six and a half minutes of terror,’ when it broke through the Martian atmosphere and was subjected to temperatures of more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

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