NASA's InSight lander on track for Mars touchdown on Nov 26

Nasa In Sight Mission’s live streaming at QNL on Monday

Nasa In Sight Mission’s live streaming at QNL on Monday

Knowing more about the ability for life to exist on Mars in the distant past could inform us about how life evolved on Earth.

NASA's InSight is set to land on Mars in less than a week and it is accompanied by twin orbiters called MarCO or Mars Cube One, according to Science News.

Immediately after planting, the head of the mission Mars InSight STU, Spet, comes the 16-minute pause so that the dust in the area of the landing had subsided, and then begin the process of disclosure of solar panels, which will last 16 minutes.

"Mars is really the obvious place, after the Moon, to go and expand our presence in deep space", said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's science mission directorate.

The Jezero Crater is located on the western edge of a giant impact basin just north of the Martian equator.

On the NASA channel-stream from JPL procedures directly without video the landing, but with the audio of all commands and confirmations.

'Landing on Mars is hard. The landing is scheduled to take place at 11pm (Doha time). It'll also have experiments to test technologies that future astronauts will need, such as producing oxygen from Mars' thin carbon-dioxide atmosphere, and the equipment that's needed to extract and store samples for future missions to pick up.

As it once hosted an ancient lake-delta system, NASA hopes Jezero also contains a variety of minerals, which would hugely help discover more about the red planet.

"The Mars community has long coveted the scientific value of sites such as Jezero Crater, and a previous mission contemplated going there, but the challenges with safely landing were considered prohibitive", said Ken Farley, project scientist for Mars 2020 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

InSight is part of NASA's Discovery Program, managed by the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

"The Mars 2020 engineering team has done a tremendous amount of work to prepare us for this decision".

The landing kicks off a two-year mission in which InSight will become the first spacecraft to study Mars' deep interior, according to NASA's website. While this is not the first time a USA -built spacecraft will visit Mars, the InSight would be the first to conduct underground exploration.

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