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NASA lands explorer on Mars

NASA lands explorer on Mars
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NASA on Monday announced it had landed the InSight lander on Mars.

"Our @NASAInSight spacecraft stuck the #MarsLanding!" NASA tweeted.

"Its new home is Elysium Planitia, a still, flat region where it’s set to study seismic waves and heat deep below the surface of the Red Planet for a planned two-year mission."

NASA included footage of its officials cheering, "Touch down confirmed!"

The NASA InSight Twitter account posted earlier Monday, "I feel you, #Mars — and soon I'll know your heart.

"With this safe landing, I’m here. I’m home."

Shortly after, the account posted the InSight's first picture on Mars.

"My lens cover isn’t off yet, but I just had to show you a first look at my new home," it tweeted.

Vice President Pence congratulated NASA on the successful landing.

"This marks the 8th time the US has landed on Mars & the 1st mission to study its deep interior. Incredible milestone!" he tweeted.