The NASA robot "InSight" landed on Mars. Following a journey of about 485 million kilometers, the land launched in May launched "InSight" on Monday in the Elysium Planitia plain north of the Mars equator on the red planet, according to the US space agency Nasa.
"The landing has been approved!" The US space agency Pasadena said from the control center in California. There, the jubilation exploded, scientists jumped from their seats and hugged each other.
It is unclear whether the robot is fully functional. After entering the Mars atmosphere, the robot was lowered in a very complex maneuver with the help of rockets and parachutes.
The 360-kilometer "InSight" robot can't roll, but stays in one place. With a large number of scientific instruments, the robot strives to learn more about Mars and above all about the dynamics of the planet's structure and surface.
A device developed in Germany, a kind of Mars mole, had to be pierced to the ground. The total of approximately 650m euros in expensive missions was designed for two years. The Austrian Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMF) has been involved in the evaluation of data.
In the last Nasa 2012, the explorer had successfully brought "Curiosity" to Mars. The descents on the red planet are considered extremely difficult – only 40 percent of the Mars missions in the world, which were launched before, were successful according to NASA.
The US is the only country that manages to sell research robots in Mars.
(APA / AFP)