Nasa probe is due to land on Mars to­mor­row

The Sunday Telegraph - - News -

A space­craft head­ing for Mars will be the first to study the deep in­te­rior of the planet – if it lands safely.

Nasa’s In­Sight probe is sched­uled to land on Mar­tian soil at around 8am GMT to­mor­row, but the thin at­mos­phere means there is hardly any fric­tion to slow down the space­craft.

Only around four in 10 mis­sions sent to the Red Planet by any space agency have been suc­cess­ful. The US is the only na­tion whose mis­sions have sur­vived sur­face land­ings.

The probe is de­signed to send back in­for­ma­tion that will help sci­en­tists learn how rocky worlds like the Earth and the Moon formed more than 4.5bil­lion years ago.

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