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NASA's InSight lands on Mars for unprecedented seismic mission

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Exciting times. Good work, NASA.

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Echoing Rod Serling from long ago, we look at the red planet only to discover it is the earth equivalent from millions of years ago, the enduring testament to climate change. Like a prophet, it seems to be saying, "It is not too late to change your ways!"

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Mars is hard. Over 50% of all Mars missions have failed.

Congratulations, not just to JPL, but to the Germans and French teams as well for getting to mission DAY-1. After all, the mission isn't about flying to Mars, it is about doing science ON THE PLANET. That will take a few years of daily data gathering before the best science comes in.

The micro-satellites included in the effort are doing some groundbreaking stuff too.

With all these planetary missions going, NASA needs to beef up their deep space network to handle the bandwidth requirements.

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Great job by NASA and all involved! I went to a 'live' viewing event in Vancouver today. (One of the scientists involved in the research teaches at the University of British Columbia.) A few months ago NASA invited members of the public to submit their names, which would be included on the InSight lander. Last week I received an email from NASA confirming that my name was included in the 2.5 million names! So I'm on Mars now... forever. The names are not just as data, but are actually micro-printed in tiny type on a cylinder.

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Yay science!

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"Our selfies on Mars".

Quote: JPL controllers received a fuzzy "selfie" photograph of the probe's new surroundings on the Red Planet, showing the edge of one lander leg beside a rock.

The ultimate selfie!

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The found a tortilla on Mars. Look at the photo.

Naw, just kidding. Great job by some super smart scientist.

Oh man, look at those cavemen go

It's the freakiest show

Take a look at the lawman

Beating up the wrong guy

Oh man, wonder if he'll ever know

He's in the best selling show

Is there life on Mars?

David Bowie.

What times we live in.

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@CrazyJoe

we look at the red planet only to discover it is the earth equivalent from millions of years ago, the enduring testament to climate change. Like a prophet, it seems to be saying, "It is not too late to change your ways!"

Hmm. I'm not sure this analogy works on any level. The average temperature on Mars is -55 degrees and you'd have to go back more than 3 billion years to find any evidence of a changing climate. Mars has never looked like the Earth, even millions (or billions) or years ago. There has never been Martian-made climate change... as far as we know.

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Martian-made, maybe not, but all the planets in our solar system have been warming up.

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Great new photo from NASA, showing the lander clearly on Mars. The solar panels have successfully deployed, which was a crucial step: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7294

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Good job on landing on Mars again

They seem to have figured Mars out now, when many other couldn't

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Yay science!

And a bigger yay for engineering. :-)

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Nasa's twitter feed is hilarious. The first photo is through a protective cover, and some poor soul is trying to explain this while others are posting pictures of quail eggs and redhead skin with an excellent color match.

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Did ya guys see how NASA nerdy scientists did their celebratory handshake?! ;-)

https://www.indiatoday.in/science/story/nasa-insight-landing-handshake-1397262-2018-11-27

https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/11/27/nasa-insight-engineers-nfl-celebration-mars-gene-brooke

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lostrune2 - As a "nerdy" engineer I can really appreciate that handshake. Very nice!

Thanks for sharing as it is a good pick me up with my coffee!

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lostrune2 - As a "nerdy" engineer I can really appreciate that handshake. Very nice!

Thanks for sharing as it is a good pick me up with my coffee!

You're welcome T-E, so we have something in common, though maybe not the handshake, lol

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Here's a great video on this

NASA’s InSight Mars landing: what it really took

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihxYC1P4EaI

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