NASA's InSight Lander takes images of Sunrise, Sunset on Mars

See a Martian Sunrise (and Sunset, Too!) in Gorgeous NASA InSight Photos

"It's been a tradition for Mars missions to capture sunrises and sunsets", said Justin Maki, InSight science team co-investigator and imaging lead at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Another camera found on the deck captured the movements of the clouds during the sunset.

As the Sun is much farther from Mars than it is from Earth, it appears only about two-thirds the size when viewed from Earth, said NASA. The RAW image that InSight delivered to NASA is actually a bit clearer than the modified pic: The lander still has a long life ahead of it, assuming all goes well with its hardware, and it's expected to continue to monitor Mars with its sensitive equipment for roughly another year and a half.

According to NASA, the shots were taken at 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 local Martian time. The color-corrected pictures, meanwhile, will benefit humans as they can see the sunrise and sunset as they normally perceive them. NASA chose to snap the photos of the sunrise and sunset as it is a tradition and its primary imaging tasks were complete.

In local Mars time, the shots were taken starting around 5:30 a.m. and then again starting around 6:30 p.m.

The InSight lander's photos are available in "raw" and color-corrected versions. On March 2 and 10, the lander also took photos of the sunrise and sunset.

Check out the images below for more stunning images of Mars' sunrises and sunsets taken over the past four decades.

NASA's InSight lander has been sitting safely on Mars for a number of months now after landing back in late 2018, and it's already making a name for itself with a number of interesting discoveries.

The images were taken by the lander's Instrument Deployment Camera at the end of its robotic arm with a sunrise on April 24 and sunset on April 25.

A small, dim sun hangs near the Martian horizon in gorgeous new images captured by NASA's InSight lander. Viking 2 caught dawn in June 1978, and each occasion had been additionally captured by the Spirit, Alternative and Curiosity rovers. With the data from these instruments, and from a radio-science experiment conducted using InSight's communications gear, the mission should be able to map Mars' interior in unprecedented detail, NASA officials have said.

Lately, InSight additionally detected its first quake on Mars.



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