According to a CBS News report ahead of the launch, NASA’s principal investigator Bruce Banerdt said: “The goal of InSight is nothing less than to better understand the birth of the Earth, the birth of the planet we live on, and we’re going to do that by going to Mars.”
And that they certainly did.
Barnedt said that the team behind the project now faces a new challenge. “We have to do a survey of the area in front of our spacecraft, make sure we don’t put the instruments down on a rock or in a hole or something like that.”
The unmanned spacecraft is remotely operated by a team based in NASA’s Jet Population Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
When InSight touched down on the red planet, there was just as much excitement on social media as there was in NASA’s Pasadena lab.