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The lander arrives at Mars on Monday following a six-month journey.InSight represents NASA's ninth attempt to put a spacecraft on Mars; only one effort failed.Humanity's nearly 60-year history of trying to get to Mars includes attempts to fly past the red planet for picture-taking without stopping, as well as the vastly more complicated efforts to put spacecraft into orbit around the red planet and to actually land.NASA's Mariner 4 performed the first successfully flyby of the red planet in 1965, sending back 21 photos.Mariner 9 made it into orbit around Mars and beamed back more than 7,000 photos.And NASA's Vikings 1 and 2 not only put spacecraft into orbit around Mars in 1976, but on the surface, too. The spacecraft never reached Earth's orbit.Japan's sole Mars spacecraft, launched in 1998, didn't make it into orbit.
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