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Minutes after touching down on Mars, NASA's InSight spacecraft sent back a "nice and dirty" snapshot of its new digs.The spacecraft arrived at Mars after a perilous, supersonic plunge through its red skies that took just six minutes.It was NASA's eighth successful landing at Mars since the 1976 Viking probes, and the first in six years.Because of the distance between Earth and Mars, it took eight minutes for confirmation to arrive, relayed by a pair of tiny satellites that had been trailing InSight throughout the six-month, 482-million-kilometer journey.InSight, a $1 billion international project, includes a German mechanical mole that will burrow down 5 meters to measure Mars' internal heat.Many Mars-bound spacecraft launched by the U.S., Russia and other countries have been lost or destroyed over the years, with a success rate of just 40 percent, not counting InSight.Mars' well-preserved interior provides a snapshot of what Earth may have looked like following its formation 4.5 billion years ago, according to Banerdt.
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