NASA spacecraft nears Red Planet
NASA’s first robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of a distant world hurtled closer to Mars on course for a planned touchdown on Monday after a six-month voyage through space. Traveling 548 million kilometers from Earth, the Mars InSight spacecraft was due to reach its destination on the dusty, rockstrewn surface of the Red Planet at about 2000 GMT. If all goes according to plan, InSight will streak into the pink Martian sky at 19,310 km/h. Its descent will be slowed by atmospheric friction, a giant parachute and retro rockets. When it lands 6-1/2 minutes later, it will be traveling at 8 km/h.