Tag Archives: Elysium Planitia

HiRISE: InSight lander on Mars

This is a HiRISE image of the NASA InSight lander, plus other pieces of hardware on Mars after its successful landing on 26 November 2018.It looks like the heat shield (upper right) has its dark outside facing down, since it … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Slope streaking

We have been monitoring the slope streaks on this hill for several years. There are definitive changes between this September 2018 image and a previous one in December 2016. Earlier streaks have since faded and new, darker streaks are visible. … Continue reading

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InSight: First selfie

NASA’s InSight lander isn’t camera-shy. The spacecraft used a camera on its robotic arm to take its first selfie – a mosaic made up of 11 images. This is the same imaging process used by NASA’s Curiosity rover mission, in … Continue reading

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InSight: Listening to the wind on Mars

NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, has provided the first ever “sounds” of Martian winds on the Red Planet. A media teleconference about these sounds … Continue reading

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InSight: Solar panel deployed, more to come —

Sol 10, December 7, 2018. InSight is continuing to set up shop on Elysium Planitia; the Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC) is recording the steps as the spacecraft unpacks after the trip from Earth. Each IDC image has a field of … Continue reading

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InSight: Flexing the arm

New images from NASA’s Mars InSight lander show its robotic arm is ready to do some lifting. With a reach of nearly 6 feet (2 meters), the arm will be used to pick up science instruments from the lander’s deck, … Continue reading

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InSight: New home ‘a large sandbox’

With InSight safely on the surface of Mars, the mission team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is busy learning more about the spacecraft’s landing site. They knew when InSight landed on Nov. 26 that the spacecraft had … Continue reading

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InSight is catching rays on Mars

NASA’s InSight has sent signals to Earth indicating that its solar panels are open and collecting sunlight on the Martian surface. NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter relayed the signals, which were received on Earth at about 5:30 p.m. PST (8:30 p.m. … Continue reading

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InSight: Top deck view from the IDC

Sol 0, November 26, 2018. The lander’s Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC) snaps a view of the top deck. Unlike the Instrument Context Camera, which is mounted on the lander body, this camera is on the instrument arm. Each IDC image … Continue reading

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European Space Agency: Supporting InSight

At just before 9pm Central European Time on 26 November, Mars will receive a new visitor: NASA’s InSight lander. (…) Since InSight’s study is focused on sensing the planet’s interior, surface geology is not such an important factor in deciding … Continue reading

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