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Meet the Ghanaian engineer who built NASA’s latest spacecraft to land on Mars

According to the New York Times, the spacecraft is expected to study the Mars’ underworld, listening for marsquakes and seeking clues about the dusty world’s formation.

While this may ordinarily be an American conquest or achievement, Ghanaians have every right to join in the jubilation.

This is because at the heart of the historic landing on Mars on Monday is the remarkable work of Ghanaian engineer Dr Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu who is the team lead for InSight at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Dr. Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu is the chief engineer of a team formed to design robots for NASA missions at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Ca’ada Flintridge, California, United States.

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Whether you’re scoring a TD or landing a spacecraft on Mars, you celebrate the same.

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Inside the latest Martian robot

This week on Mars, NASA’s InSight lander is slowly stretching its lanky robotic arm after a nearly seven-month, 300-million-mile journey from Earth. Soon, it will dig into the Martian subsurface to uncover information about how the formed more than four billion years ago. InSight’s instruments will grind away at layers of rock, take microscopic images, and collect rock and soil samples for elemental analysis. The mission’s findings could help scientists understand the early days of not only Mars, but also Earth and other rocky planets.

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NASA’s InSight lander safely touches down on Mars

Utilizing the same entry, descent and landing system successfully employed by NASA’s Phoenix lander in 2007, InSight began its nail-biting descent at 2:47 p.m. EST (GMT-5) and landed on a broad plain known as Elysium Planitia at 2:54 p.m. EDT.

When signals reached Earth confirming a successful touchdown, anxious flight controllers, engineers and scientists gathered at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., burst into welcome cheers, hugs and applause.

They erupted again when an initial photograph was beamed down, showing the martian horizon through a lens cover speckled with dust kicked up during landing. The photo served as confirmation the spacecraft was working properly after its fiery descent to the surface.

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