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
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.
— NASAInSight (@NASAInSight) November 26, 2018
— NASAInSight (@NASAInSight) November 27, 2018
Visit the Mars InSight Mission website for more information.