The InSight lander successfully landed on Mars on Monday, NASA said Monday.
"Touchdown confirmed. InSight is on the surface of Mars!" NASA reported from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.
The moment of truth has arrived for NASA's InSight lander as it aims for a Monday afternoon landing on the surface of Mars, the culmination of a 295 million-mile, six-month voyage.
Anxiety was high at NASA, which last attempted a landing on the red planet six years ago.
"I am completely excited and completely nervous, all at the same time," InSight project manager Tom Hoffman said Sunday during a news conference at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. "Everything we've done to date makes us feel comfortable and confident we're going to land on Mars. But Mars could always throw us a curve ball."
What makes the landing perilous is that the InSight lander must go from 12,300 mph to 5 mph in six minutes, according to Space.com.
During that time, the spacecraft must fire its descent engines, deploy its parachutes, and hopefully land upright on the Martian surface, according to the The Associated Press.
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