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Mars InSight Photos: A Timeline to Landing on the Red Planet

Kicking up dust

Mars InSight lander landing art

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

As InSight touches down on the surface of the Red Planet, it's sure to kick up some dust.

Touchdown

Mars InSight lander landing art

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The top of the InSight spacecraft is shown in this artist's rendering, as the lander gets closer to touchdown.

Flat landing ellipse

Mars InSight lander art

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Once it touches down, the InSight lander will deploy its instruments. A version of the illustration, shown here, depicts the smooth, flat ground that dominates InSight's landing ellipse in Mars' Elysium Planitia region.

Deep under Mars

Mars InSight lander art

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The InSight lander is designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough check up since it formed 4.5 billion years ago.