The First Photos from NASA’s InSight Spacecraft on Mars

nasa insight photos from mars

Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s InSight spacecraft has landed on Mars. Above is the first photo showing the Martian surface on Nov. 26, 2018, the same day InSight touched down.

The photo was captured with The Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC), located on the robotic arm of NASA’s InSight lander. The camera’s transparent dust cover is still on in this image, to prevent particulates kicked up during landing from settling on the camera’s lens.

NASA reports that “In the coming days, the mission team will unstow InSight’s robotic arm and use the attached camera to snap photos of the ground so that engineers can decide where to place the spacecraft’s scientific instruments. It will take two to three months before those instruments are fully deployed and sending back data.”

InSight’s First Picture on Mars

first picture on Mars InSight lens cover

Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech

You can follow along with InSight’s activities by following @NASAInSight on Twitter. This account shares first-hand accounts from the spacecraft with photos and status updates from the mission.

Watch a Recap of InSight’s Mars Landing

Visit the Mars InSight Mission website for more information.

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2 Replies to “The First Photos from NASA’s InSight Spacecraft on Mars”

  1. Su Hall says:

    Hey, cool! I had heard about this but was too busy! I’m taking it all in now! Thanks!

    1. Mike says:

      Hey Su! Great to hear from you. Isn’t it fascinating seeing photos from Mars in 2018! I can’t wait until they share more. Would be cool if there was video footage too! :)

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