Mars Is Set to Get Its First U.S. Visitor in Years — a Spacecraft Equipped with ‘Its Own Brain’

Nov 20, 2018 - Time Magazine

(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) — Mars is about to get its first U.S. visitor in years: a three-legged, one-armed geologist to dig deep and listen for quakes.

NASA’s InSight makes its grand entrance through the rose-tinted Martian skies on Monday, after a six-month, 300 million-mile (480 million-kilometer) journey. It will be the first American spacecraft to land since the Curiosity rover in 2012 and the first dedicated to exploring underground.

NASA is going with a tried-and-true method ...