NASA’s InSight Lander Captures a Magnificent View of Mars’ Sunrise
The InSight Mars lander, operated by NASA, just posted a stunning image to social media. It photographed a magnificent sunrise on Mars on April 10th.
InSight is NASA’s first mission to investigate the interior of Mars, including its crust, mantle, and core. Since late 2018, it has been on the Red Planet.
For the purpose of studying Marsquakes and the planet’s interior, NASA created the InSight lander, which stands for “Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport.”
In November 2018, the lander landed in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars and is now in an extended phase after completing its primary mission of researching the Red Planet for one full Martian year (about 687 Earth days).
The primary mission of the probe, which lasted for a Martian year (equivalent to 687 days on Earth), has now been accomplished. When it has more time, it may put its photography talents to the test.
According to NASA, InSight has recorded hundreds of “marsquakes” as it has travelled across the surface of the planet. While on Mars, it has observed and researched strange magnetic pulses, as well as taken breathtaking panoramas like the Martian sunrise.
As NASA prepares to send humans to Mars in the future, the data gathered by InSight will help uncover how planets like Mars evolved in the first place.
The Perseverance rover and its partner, the Ingenuity helicopter, are two of NASA’s other Mars investigations.
Rock samples are being collected by the rover for future human missions to retrieve and transport back to Earth. All of these attempts are focused at identifying traces of ancient or microbial life on Mars and determining if it is capable of supporting human habitation in the same way that Earth does.
The Jezero Crater on Mars, a dry lake believed to contain evidence about possibly ancient life, is being explored by Perseverance and Ingenuity.