This is NASA InSight’s first selfie on Mars. It displays the lander’s solar panels and deck. On top of the deck are its science instruments, weather sensor booms and UHF antenna. The selfie was taken on Dec. 6, 2018 (Sol 10). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech via NASA Newsroom
NASA’s ‘InSight’ lander touched down on Mars on 26 November after traveling through space for six months.
In addition to capturing photos of the planet, the craft has taken a decent shot of itself while on mission. NASA took to Twitter to share the selfie of ‘InSight’ with the caption, “The spacecraft used a camera on its robotic arm to create a mosaic made up of 11 images.”
Over the next few weeks, ‘InSight’ will be using three instruments—a seismometer, radio antennas and heat probe—as part of its objective to help NASA scientists understand the composition of Mars and whether it has liquid water housed below its surface.
Say Cheese! @NASAInSight‘s first #selfie on Mars reveals the lander’s solar panels and deck!
The spacecraft used a camera on its robotic arm to create a mosaic made up of 11 images. Take a peek at Insight’s first complete “workspace” here: https://t.co/Y5C6sCSRZV pic.twitter.com/Orh4DWli3h
— NASA (@NASA) December 13, 2018
ICYMI: I’ve been feeling the Martian breeze on my solar panels. Listen to this calm and definitely otherworldly audio I’ve picked up.
🎼 The plains are alive with the #SoundsOfMars! 🎼
— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) December 7, 2018
[via NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, opening image via NASA Newsroom]
This mosaic, composed of 52 individual images from NASA’s InSight lander, shows the workspace where the spacecraft will eventually set its science instruments. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech via NASA Newsroom