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NASA’s ‘InSight’ Spacecraft Captures Its First Photo On Mars During Its Mission
By Izza Sofia, 30 Nov 2018
The Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC), located on the robotic arm of NASA’s ‘InSight’ lander, took this picture of the Martian surface on Nov. 26, 2018, the same day the spacecraft touched down on the Red Planet. The camera’s transparent dust cover is still on in this image, to prevent particulates kicked up during landing from settling on the camera’s lens. This image was relayed from ‘InSight’ to Earth via NASA’s Odyssey spacecraft, currently orbiting Mars. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech via NASA Newsroom
NASA’s ‘InSight’ spacecraft has captured its first image on Mars, after successfully touching down on the Red Planet, thereby marking a close to its seven-month journey from Earth.
The photo, shown above, includes a portion of the ‘InSight’ spacecraft in the foreground and the Martian planet behind. It was taken after the ship’s solar panels had folded out from its sides and was relayed through the Mars Odyssey orbiter that floats around the planet. The orbiter subsequently sent the message back to Earth.
Tom Hoffman, project manager for ‘InSight’ at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said, “The ‘InSight’ team can rest a little easier tonight now that we know the spacecraft solar arrays are deployed and recharging the batteries. It’s been a long day for the team. But tomorrow begins an exciting new chapter for ‘InSight’: surface operations and the beginning of the instrument deployment phase.”
According to NASA, the mission team will be able to take more photos in the coming days thanks to the robotic arm on ‘InSight’ that has a camera attached to it.
NASA’s ‘InSight’ Mars lander acquired this image of the area in front of the lander using its lander-mounted, Instrument Context Camera (ICC). This image was acquired on November 27, 2018, Sol 1 of the ‘InSight’ mission where the local mean solar time for the image exposures was 12:58:09 PM. Each ICC image has a field of view of 124 x 124 degrees. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech via NASA Newsroom
MarCO-B, one of the experimental Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats, took this image of Mars from about 4,700 miles (7,600 kilometers) away during its flyby of the Red Planet on Nov. 26, 2018. MarCO-B was flying by Mars with its twin, MarCO-A, to attempt to serve as communications relays for NASA’s ‘InSight’ spacecraft as it landed on Mars. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech via NASA Newsroom
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