Wednesday, April 13, 2022

A Martian Sunrise and a NASA Robotic Lander | Mars Insight Mission

A Martian Sunrise and a NASA Robotic Lander | Mars Insight Mission

Mars Insight Lander: "I’ll never tire of sunrise on Mars. ☀️ Each morning, that distant dot climbs higher in the sky, giving me energy for another round of listening to the rumbles beneath my feet." 

InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough checkup since it formed 4 billion years ago. It is the first outer space robotic explorer to study in-depth the "inner space" of Mars: its crust, mantle, and core.

InSight's robotic arm is over 5 feet 9 inches (1.8 meters) long. It lifts a seismometer and heat flow probe from the deck and places them on the surface. The camera on the arm will provide color 3D views of the landing site, instrument placement, and activities. Sensors measure weather and magnetic field variations.

Learn more about Mars Insight:

JPL manages InSight for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. InSight is part of NASA’s Discovery Program, managed by the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Lockheed Martin Space in Denver built the InSight spacecraft, including its cruise stage and lander, and supports spacecraft operations for the mission.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Kevin M. Gill

InSight - Sol 1198 - IDC

Release Date: April 10, 2022

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