UPDATE: Insight successfully landed on Mars!
As 4th grade continues their study on space, NASA is getting ready for to land on Mars. This Monday the “Insight” lander should touch down on the surface of the planet. While we send missions to Mars more and more often, interplanetary travels is no easy task. In fact, out of the 47 missions to Mars to date, only 2 out of every 5 are successful! The most amazing thing about landing on the planet is that it is all done by computers! Mars is so far away that engineers have to code the lander to work autonomously, or all by itself! Take a look at the videos below for more about this process, and what the lander will do if it touches down successfully!