InSight „was on the road for about half a year. The probe landed on the plain Elysium Planitia north of the Martian equator. The arrival was eagerly awaited: a gentle landing on the Red Planet is one of the most difficult spacecraft projects. So far, only the US has managed to sell working research robots on Mars. Last Nasa 2012 had brought the rover „Curiosity“ successfully on Mars.
Unlike „Curiosity,“ the 360-pound „InSight“ can not roll, but stays in place. Above all, he should learn more about the structure of the planet and the dynamics under its surface. A device developed in Germany, a kind of Mars mole, is supposed to drill up to five meters deep into the ground. The total of around 650 million euros expensive mission is designed for two years.