NASA’s InSight craft lands safely on surface of Mars after ‘seven minutes of terror’

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NASA’s InSight landed safely on Mars on Monday afternoon, with scientists now hopeful they’ll get a below-the-surface look at the Red Planet.

Shortly before 3 p.m. ET on Monday, scientists at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, cheered, hugged and traded high-fives as their prized craft safely landed on the Red Planet and started sending back its first images.

“This never gets old,” said jubilant chief engineer Rob Manning. “What a relief. Fabulous, fabulous.”

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