NASA’s Insight Mars lander has snapped its first full selfie from the surface of the red planet. The £660million machine showed off its enormous solar panels and cluster of science instruments via a photo taken from the end of its 2.5-metre-long robotic arm. Insight also beamed back the first view of its ‘workspace’ for the next two years – a space of Martian rock no bigger than a pair of ping pong tables. Each image is made up of several photos taken from different angles and stitched together. The selfie was built using 11 snaps, while the workspace picture consists of 52 individual images. They are helping mission control to get a good look at the area around Insight, which cannot move as it does not have wheels, and plan out where to deploy the robot’s impressive array of instruments. ‘The near-absense of rocks, hills, and holes means it’ll be extremely safe for our instruments,’ said InSight’s Principal Investigator Bruce Banerdt of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. ‘This might seem like a pretty plain piece of ground if it weren’t on Mars, but we’re glad to see that.’ Insight landed on Mars on November 26 following a 301-million-mile journey from Earth that… Read full this story
- Former NASA astronaut claims we will 'absolutely' go to Mars and says holidaying on the moon will become 'normal' in the coming decades
- Chinese Rover Sends First PHOTO of Moon's Dark Side - Aerospace Corporation
- NASA Logo Designer Ridicules President Trump's Space Force
- ISRO to send humanoid bot to space before manned mission
- The view from space at 20,000mph and 4,000°F: Orion captures the flames of its re-entry as it returns from furthest, fastest NASA capsule mission since Apollo era. Next stop Mars?
- Nasa mysteriously loses control of £2bn Curiosity rover on Mars, scientists reveal
- NASA’s Lucy spacecraft could unravel the mystery of how the solar system formed
- The Spitzer Space Telescope mission ends today. Here are the incredible things it discovered
- Houston company gets NASA's blessing to build commercial space station
- Houston, we have bake off: Chocolate chip cookies are the first food to be baked in space and they took two hours in a zero-gravity oven on the ISS
Nasa’s Insight rover sends first selfie 34MILLION miles across space from MARS have 374 words, post on www.thesun.co.uk at December 12, 2018. This is cached page on GameMax. If you want remove this page, please contact us.