via NASA has launched a new probe to Mars — here are all the dramatic pictures of the rocket blasting into space – AOL News

NASA launched a robotic space lander bound for Mars on Saturday morning, beginning a journey to explore the deep interior of the red planet.

The InSight probe was carried into orbit from a launch site in California at around 4:05 a.m. local time.

An Atlas 5 rocket sent the probe hurtling towards Mars, a voyage which is expected to take around six months.

The early stages of the mission appeared to go off without a hitch at Vandenberg Air Force Base. A NASA video feed showed the rocket taking off, though the foggy, pre-dawn conditions made for a less spectacular launch than other space missions.

via NASA has launched a new probe to Mars — here are all the dramatic pictures of the rocket blasting into space – AOL News

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