The landing will kick off a two-year mission in which InSight will become the first spacecraft to study Mars' deep interior.
"There's a reason engineers call landing on Mars 'seven minutes of terror, '" said Rob Grover, InSight's entry, descent and landing (EDL) lead, based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
After six months of a deep space voyage, NASA's new Mars lander InSight is ready to descend and explore the red planet. In about six-and-a-half minutes it will have to slow down to about 5 miles per hour using descent thrusters and a parachute.
The stationary probe, launched from California in May, will then pause for 16 minutes for the dust to settle, literally, around the landing site before its disc-shaped solar arrays unfurl to provide power. Engineers at mission control will continue monitoring the spacecraft and the red planet this weekend to make sure that everything is in order before landing in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars. Once there, the lander will drill down about 16 feet into the planet's crust to deploy thermometers and a seismometer into the Martian soil.
But overall, only about 40 per cent of all missions by the U.S., Russians and others have succeeded.
GM to close factories in Michigan, Ohio, Canada Things are much worse in the United States, where the automaker has announced plans to stop production at four plants from 2019. The reduction includes 8,100 white-collar workers, some of whom will take buyouts and others who will be laid off.
"We can't joystick the landing, so we have to rely on the commands we pre-programme into the spacecraft".
While Earth's tectonics and other forces have erased most evidence of its early history, much of Mars - about one-third the size of Earth - is believed to have remained largely static over the eons, creating a geologic time machine for scientists.
NASA's 2012 probe, Curiosity, was tasked with a scouting mission while InSight's focus will be to learn what goes on under Mars' surface taking the planet's temperature, and measuring marsquakes. The probe is equipped with a mechanical mole to tunnel underground to measure internal heat.
Mars has a nasty habit of living up to its mythological name and besting Earth when it comes to accepting visitors.
The West has condemned Moscow's increasing control over maritime traffic and harassment of commercial vessels in the area. Martial law in the country is set to include a partial mobilization and strengthening of the country's air defense.
The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on 17 individuals that Saudi Arabia said were connected in Khashoggi's death. Trump has resisted calls to punish Saudi Arabia, pointing to the kingdom's purchase of weapons from USA arms manufacturers.
Earlier this year, Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also called on Muslim nations to unite against the U.S. Iran supports groups like Hezbollah and Hamas that have pledged to fight Israel's occupation of Palestine.
He warned that the media should not be diverted from the Azov Sea episode by following any Kremlin narrative about the proposed . The strait is crossed by the recently completed Kerch Bridge, connecting Crimea to Russian Federation .
We may find out soon as recent rumors suggest a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword may soon be coming to the Switch. Though it was praised by critics, its reliance on motion controls was definitely the source of some discord among Zelda fans.
Mueller continued on to recommend that Manafort be sentenced for the crimes that he admitted to in the plea deal. Before the plea, Manafort's defenders had long insisted that he would not cooperate with Mueller.
Target was offering 30 per cent off on select toys, while Kohl's discounted Lego sets between 30 per cent and 40 per cent. The long shopping weekend isn't over just yet, as Amazon's Cyber Monday 2018 deals have gone live in Canada.
If it causes unwanted side effects or harm, "I would feel the same pain as they do and it's going to be my own responsibility". Instead, the appeal was to offer couples affected by HIV a chance to have a child that might be protected from a similar fate.
It was not immediately clear whether those throwing objects at U.S. agents were part of the caravan, MSNBC reported . There were some sections that had the dilapidated border wall that was made out of scrap metal the military gave us.
7 nooses found by Mississippi Capitol before Senate runoff
A view of the Confederate women's' memorial on the grounds of the Mississippi State Capitol April 5, in Jackson, Mississippi. MS has a history of racially motivated lynchings and violence against people who sought voting rights for black citizens.
General Motors to slash 14,700 jobs in North America
Closing the factories, eliminating workers and discontinuing certain vehicles is expected to save approximately $6 billion. Brown also said it is clear that GM doesn't respect the workers at Lordstown and is demanding answers from the company.
I'll live on Mars if it kills me, insists Elon Musk
Axios reporters in the episode also interviewed Christian evangelist Franklin Graham and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. People die on Everest all the time, Musk noted, adding that people still make the trek because they enjoy the challenge.
Subdued migrants at Tijuana border camp mull options
He said the US Border Patrol's use of force policy allows agents to use tear gas, but added the incident would be reviewed. He said the aim of Sunday's march was to make the migrants' suffering more visible to USA and Mexican officials .
NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey
Settling In InSight's first few days on the Red Planet won't be as eventful as the probe's nerve-wracking descent and landing . The stationary 360-kilogram lander will use its 6 feet robotic arm to place a mechanical mole and seismometer on the ground.
‘We Will Close the Border Permanently if Need Be’
He said on Twitter yesterday: "To those in the caravan, turnaround we are not letting people into the United States illegally ". The breakoff group from the migrant caravan were met and stopped by Mexican police; Jonathan Hunt reports from Los Angeles.
Cavs have reached out to Sixers about Markelle Fultz
The possibility of Fultz moving on is understandable considering how confusing things have been with the Sixers. Fultz, 20, is averaging 8 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds a game for Philadelphia so far this season.
Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations
The tree hails from a farm in Avery County, North Carolina, and was hand-selected by the National Christmas Tree Association. Louis, and Chicago and are meant to highlight "diversity and ingenuity of American architecture and design".
General Motors To Lay Off Nearly 15,000 Workers, Close Plants
The US automaker has other operations in Canada, including a plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, where it assembles Chevrolet Equinox. GM's Oshawa plant assembles the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS and finishes Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks.