New Satellite Pics Show Curiosity and InSight Hard at Work on Mars

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The Opportunity rover died last year after being smothered by dust, which means NASA has just two robotic probes currently investigating the Martian surface: the six-wheeled Curiosity rover and the immobile InSight lander. Flying high above in space, however, is NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which regularly scans the Martian surface in search of cool new things, like  dried up river fresh impact creator and the occasional, ahem,elepnt

 

Sometimes the orbiter’s HiRISE camera looks down upon the machines below. This happened recently, according to a NASA press realse so we’ve got some nice new photos of Curiosity and InSight.

InSight is located in a region called Elysium Planitia, which hugs the Martian equator. MRO took the picture above on September 23, 2019 from a height of 272 kilometers (169 miles). The image is so clear that the lander’s two solar panels, which measure 6 meters (20 feet) from one end to the other, are clearly visible. The bright white spot is the dome-shaped

The Opportunity rover died last year after being smothered by dust, which means NASA has just two robotic probes currently investigating the Martian surface: the six-wheeled Curiosity rover and the immobile InSight lander. Flying high above in space, however, is NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which regularly scans the Martian surface in search of cool new things, like dried-up river channels, fresh impact craters, and the occasional, ahem, elephant.

 

Sometimes the orbiter’s HiRISE camera looks down upon the machines below. This happened recently, according to a NASA press release, so we’ve got some nice new photos of Curiosity and InSight.

InSight is located in a region called Elysium Planitia, which hugs the Martian equator. MRO took the picture above on September 23, 2019 from a height of 272 kilometers (169 miles). The image is so clear that the lander’s two solar panels, which measure 6 meters (20 feet) from one end to the other, are clearly visible. The bright white spot is the

The Opportunity rover died last year after being smothered by dust, which means NASA has just two robotic probes currently investigating the Martian surface: the six-wheeled Curiosity rover and the immobile InSight lander. Flying high above in space, however, is NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which regularly scans the Martian surface in search of cool new things, like dried-up river channels, fresh impact craters, and the occasional, ahem, elephant.

Sometimes the orbiter’s HiRISE camera looks down upon the machines below. This happened recently, according to a NASA press release, so we’ve got some nice new photos of Curiosity and InSight.

InSight is located in a region called Elysium Planitia, which hugs the Martian equator. MRO took the picture above on September 23, 2019 from a height of 272 kilometers (169 miles). The image is so clear that the lander’s two solar panels, which measure 6 meters (20 feet) from one end to the other, are clearly visible. The bright white spot is the dome-shaped shield currently covering InSight’s marsquake detector, which has produced some interesting results. The streaks seen near the lander are tracks left behind by dust devils—one of which actually swept over the lander back in May.

The MRO took a grainy photo of InSight in December 2018, but NASA considers this the clearest image yet taken of lander from space, as the agency explains in its press release:

 currently covering InSight’s marsquake detector, which has produced some interesting results. The streaks seen near the lander are tracks left behind by dust devils—one of which actually swept over the lander back in May.

 

The MRO took a grainy photo of InSight in December 2018, but NASA considers this the clearest image yet taken of lander from space, as the agency explains in its press release:

shield currently covering InSight’s marsquake detector, which has produced some interesting results. The streaks seen near the lander are tracks left behind by dust devils—one of which actually swept over the lander back in May.

 

The MRO took a grainy photo of InSight in December 2018, but NASA considers this the clearest image yet taken of lander from space, as the agency explains in its press release:

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