After a dramatic and exciting landing on Mars, NASA's new InSight landing platform had time to admire the tranquility of the Red Planet. Now the robot is sunbathing.
NASA's InSight landing platform successfully deployed its two solar panels, allowing it to generate the power needed to study the Martian interior for the next two years. NASA received confirmation of the successful deployment of batteries 5.5 hours after landing on the surface. Now the InSight team can afford to calm down a little while the device is powered by solar energy. Each battery is pulled out 2.2 m wide.
The NASA InSight Landing Apparatus received this photo of the surrounding Martian environment shortly after landing on the Red Surface on November 26, 2018
News about the deployment of solar cells came along with an amazing photo of Mars. It shows the plain Elysium. The InSight mission cost $ 850 million and is designed to study the internal structure of the planet using a seismometer, thermal probe and other tools. In the end, scientists hope to understand how the planet is formed. The spacecraft launched on May 5th.