Watch the electrifying moment InSight lands on Mars from mission control

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NASA’s InSight spacecraft landed on Mars on Monday, and there’s no better place to relive the nail-biting moment than from inside mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The space agency posted a 360-degree video of the process, including the electrifying moment signals returned from the InSight craft as it landed on Mars. 

Around the 50-minute mark, things start getting real quiet, as the parachute deploys, the radar powers up and locates Mars’ surface, and finally, around 55 minutes, it’s time for touchdown.

Now sitting happily on the surface, the spacecraft has already beamed home photos from Mars — here’s the first one. Read more…

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