Marslander InSight shows first selfie and is ready for use

Dec

4

2018

NASA’s Marslander InSight successfully landed on the Martian surface Monday night. The device quickly sent a signal that everything is going well. Meanwhile there is also confirmation that the solar panels have been expanded. In addition, the lander made a first sharp photo.

Now that both round solar panels on both sides of the lander have been successfully deployed, InSight can recharge its batteries on a daily basis. This allows it to generate enough energy for carrying out all kinds of soil research. The lander will investigate the interior of the planet Mars for two years.

The 2.2 meters wide solar panels provide a capacity of approximately 600 to 700W on a clear, sunny day, which should be more than enough for the scientific activities, reports NASA . If a sandstorm causes a layer of dust on the panels, then 200 to 300W must still be available.

In the coming days, the mission team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will expand the InSight robot arm. Then, with an integrated camera, it will take photographs off the ground to determine where the lander can best place his scientific measuring instruments. It takes two to three months before they are fully operational and send data to the earth.

In the meantime, InSight uses its weather sensors and a magnetometer to take measurements on the plain where it landed . Monday evening Dutch time the lander already sent a first vague picture, where there was still quite a lot of dust from the landing on the lens hood; InSight has already shown itself to be a true tourist by sending a beautiful first landscape photo. Although it is actually more of a selfie.

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