The U.S. Space Agency NASA says that its latest Mars probe has successfully touched down on the Red Planet with a unique mission to explore Mars' interior.
After traveling hundreds of millions of kilometers through space over the course of six months, the probe, called InSight, landed safely Monday on the Martian surface.
Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California erupted with cheers as they received data showing that the spacecraft had survived a dangerous descent to the Red Planet.
"Touchdown confirmed!'' a flight controller announced. Minutes later, controllers received a photograph of the probe's new surroundings on Martian soil.