Nasa launches the Mars InSight lander from California on the first interplanetary mission to depart from the US west coast. The spacecraft will take more than six months to travel the 300m miles to Mars where it will start geological excavations. InSight will dig deeper into Mars than ever before – about 5 metres – to record the planet’s temperature. It will also place a hi-tech seismometer on the surface of the planet to try to measure quakes

• Nasa launches InSight spacecraft to explore the insides of Mars

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