We're Going To (Hopefully) Land On Mars Tomorrow!

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On Monday, (Nov. 26) NASA will attempt to land the InSight lander on Mars. This is a good mission to get a better look at Mars, it's geology and learn more about how it formed as a planet. I'm looking forward to seeing how this goes, as Mars is littered with the corpses many failed landers. It's a hard thing to do.

https://www.space.com/42527-insight-mars-lander-journey-inside-red-planet.html

One of my favourite comedy artists and space geek, The Oatmeal, put out a humorous strip about the mission that really does a better job of explaining things than any indepth article. He'll also be live tweeting the landing from JPL tomorrow!

https://theoatmeal.com/comics/insight
 

Lioness~

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Hope everything goes alright. That we learn plenty.

Also looking forward to get a closer look at the Marsians ;)
If they show up.

Funny strip, will reread it later too.
 

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Robb Manning, chief engineer at JPL in Pasadena, explains what has to happen to get from space to the surface.

 

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According to the Guardian, (who have a 'live stream') "InSight" has just touched down - apparently safely - on the surface of Mars around ten minutes ago.

Fifteen minutes ago, InSight entered the "thin" atmosphere of Mars, and eleven minutes ago, deployed its parachute.
 
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I was waiting for a Martian to stick his face in the lander camera and say ‘hi mom!’
I love watching landings.
 
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RootBeerMan

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I have been told, elsewhere that future pictures will be better as there is a transparent cover on the camera that will have to remove itself.
 

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I'll guess:
Not Wagner.

But since they're German, let's try:
Bach.
Or maybe:
Mozart.
Who technically isn't German, but Austrian.
Without kangaroos.
Bach and Mozart will always be welcome to my ears and on my shelves.

But, @mobilehaathi had the right of it.

For some occasions, it just has to be Pachelbel.
 
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