Kicking up dust
As InSight touches down on the surface of the Red Planet, it's sure to kick up some dust.
The top of the InSight spacecraft is shown in this artist's rendering, as the lander gets closer to touchdown.
Flat landing ellipse
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
The InSight lander is designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough check up since it formed 4.5 billion years ago.
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