People at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., celebrate as the InSight lander touches down on Mars on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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A NASA spacecraft designed to burrow beneath the surface of Mars landed on the red planet Monday after a six-month, 482 million-kilometer journey and a perilous, six-minute descent through the rose-hued atmosphere.Radio signals confirming the landing took more than eight minutes to cross the nearly 160 million kilometersbetween Mars and Earth.It was NASA's ninth attempt to land at Mars since the 1976 Viking probes. The U.S., however, has pulled off seven successful Mars landings in the past four decades, not counting InSight, with only one failed touchdown.No lander has dug deeper than several inches, and no seismometer has ever worked on Mars.NASA's Mars 2020 mission, for instance, will collect rocks that will eventually be brought back to Earth and analyzed for evidence of ancient life.
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