NASA space­craft nears Red Planet

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - 10 World - AP— AFP— REUTERS

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.

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