Friday , December 3 2021

Mars InSight landers are seen in first images from space: NASA


A camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has captured the image of the InSight farmer, who recently touched the red planet.

The InSight Lander, its heat shield and parachute was detected by HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) in a set of images taken December 6 and again on December 11.

Landers, heat shields and parachute are within 1000 meters of each other on the Elysium Planitia, the flat lava plain chosen as InSight landing site, NASA said in a statement.

This is not the first time HiRISE has photographed a Mars landing. InSight is largely based on the 2008 spacecraft from Phoenix, as the camera aboard the MRO caught on the Mars surface as well as falling on its parachute.

While the HiRISE team at the University of Arizona also tried to take a picture of InSight on landing, MRO was at a much less appropriate angle and could not take a good picture.

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