The InSight lander safely touched down today on the Martian surface
Published : Monday, November 26, 2018 | 12:52 PM
This is the first image taken by NASA’s InSight lander on the surface of Mars after completing its seven-month journey to Mars and landed successfully. It cruised 301,223,981 miles to Mars at a top speed of 6,200 mph.
The instrument context camera (ICC) mounted below the lander deck obtained this image on Nov. 26, 2018, shortly after landing.
The transparent lens cover was still in place to protect the lens from any dust kicked up during landing.
“It’s taken more than a decade to bring InSight from a concept to a spacecraft approaching Mars – and even longer since I was first inspired to try to undertake this kind of mission,” said Bruce Banerdt of JPL, InSight’s principal investigator. “But even after landing, we’ll need to be patient for the science to begin.”
It will take two to three months for InSight’s robotic arm to set the mission’s instruments on the surface. During that time, engineers will monitor the environment and photograph the terrain in front of the lander.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the InSight Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space, Denver, Colorado built the spacecraft. InSight is part of NASA’s Discovery Program, which is managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
For more information about the mission, go to https://mars.nasa.gov/insight.