The InSight probe blasted off on May 5th, and, NASA hopes, will touch down on the Martian surface on November 26th.
If it manages to land on the red planet, it will drill down into the surface of Mars in a groundbreaking study that could reveal how the red planet - and earth - formed.
The InSight probe blasted off on May 5th, and, NASA hopes, will touch down on the Martian surface on November 26th. Pictured, an artist's impression of the probe on Mars, complete with its remote drilling unit, dubbed 'the mole' that will burrow nearly 16 feet (five metres) into the Martian soil
InSight will study the deep interior of Mars, taking the planet's vital signs, its pulse and temperature, and NASA says it will 'give Mars a thorough checkup for the first time since the planet formed 4.5 billion years ago.
'InSight will teach us about the interior of planets like our own.
'The mission team hopes that by studying the deep interior of Mars, we can learn how other rocky worlds, including Earth and the Moon, formed.'
A slender cylindrical probe dubbed the mole is designed to tunnel nearly 16 feet (five metres) into the Martian soil.
A quake-measuring seismometer, meanwhile, will be removed from the lander by a mechanical arm and placed directly on the surface for better vibration monitoring.
Previous missions to the Red Planet have investigated its surface by studying its canyons, volcanoes, rocks and soil.