Here's how much NASA's Mars InSight Lander cost

By Renwick WilsonTechnologyFOXBusiness

NASA broke its dry spell on Monday, achieving its first Mars landing in more than six years.

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The InSight Lander entered Mars’ atmosphere at 2:40 p.m. ET and touched down at approximately 2:54 p.m. ET.

In the harrowing minutes between its entry and landing, the spacecraft had to slow from more than 12,000 mph to just five mph, employing rockets and parachutes to cut the speed.

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InSight is equipped with a seismometer and various instruments to study the interior of Mars, part of NASA’s long-term goal of eventually sending humans to the Red Planet.

NASA’s initial budget for the project was $675 million, but a two-year delay, which involved a redesign of the instruments aboard InSight, added an extra $150 million in expenses, bringing the total cost to about $830 million, according to a NASA news release.

Despite the additional expenses incurred by the delay, InSight cost only a fraction of what NASA’s previous Mars landing, Curiosity, cost at roughly $2.5 billion.