InSight Lander Selfie

InSight Lander Selfie

NASA’s InSight lander takes a selfie – this is what it looks like on Mars. With its solar panels deployed, InSight is about the size of a small bus.

The featured selfie above is a compilation of several images taken of different parts of the InSight lander, by the lander’s arm, at different times. SEIS, the orange-domed seismometer seen near the image center last month, has now been placed on the Martian surface.

InSight lander opens a window into the “inner space” of Mars. Its instruments peer deeper than ever into the Martian subsurface, seeking the signatures of the processes that shaped the rocky planets of the inner Solar System, more than four billion years ago. InSight’s findings are expected to shed light on the formation of Mars, Earth, and even rocky exoplanets.

This is a resized image. You can see the original image on the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) website.

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