NASA’s Mars InSight Lander Seen in First Images from Mars Orbit


NASA’s InSight
spacecraft, its heat shield and its parachute were imaged on Dec. 6,  and 11, 2018 by the HiRISE camera onboard
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. 
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of
Arizona

Ken Kremer  SpaceUpClose.com &
RocketSTEM
–18 December 2018

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL  The exact location of the newest resident on
Mars, NASA’s InSight Lander, has been uncovered thanks to detective work from
another of NASA robotic explorers – namely the
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft circling overhead.

InSight touched down softly on the Red Planet just
three weeks ago days after Thanksgiving on Nov. 26, 2018 as programmed inside
the 81-mile-long (130-kilometer-long) targeted landing ellipse  on the plains of
Elysium Planitia.’

The science team was able to pinpoint InSight’s location
using the powerful HiRISE camera onboard MRO.

“The InSight lander, its heat shield and
parachute were spotted by
HiRISE
(which stands for High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment)
in one set of images last week on Dec. 6, and again on Tuesday, Dec. 11,” the team announced.

NASA’s InSight lander on
the surface of Mars imaged by the HiRISE camera onboard NASA’s Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter.   Credits:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

The
lander is about 6 meters wide when the solar arrays are fully deployed. 


NASA’s InSight parachute
on the surface of Mars imaged by the HiRISE camera onboard NASA’s Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter.  Credits:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
An annotated image of
the surface of Mars, taken by the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance
Orbiter (MRO) on May 30, 2014. The annotations — added after InSight landed on
Nov. 26, 2018 — display the locations of NASA’s InSight lander, its heat shield
and parachute.
The red dot marks the final landing location of
NASA’s InSight lander in this annotated image of the surface of Mars, taken by
the THEMIS camera on NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter in 2015.  Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

InSight soft landed on Mars barely three
weeks ago on Nov 26, 2018, following a 7 month, 301 million mile (484 million
km) interplanetary journey from Earth. She now starts a 2-year mission to
explore the Red Planet’s mysterious deep interior.



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