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10:50  05 may  2019
10:50  05 may  2019 Source:   bgr.com

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Along with its suite of vibration-sensing equipment and digging tools the InSight is equipped with a high-resolution lens that NASA can point at whatever seems interesting. Now, thanks to some nice timing on NASA’ s behalf, we are treated to a gorgeous view of the Martian sunset from the lander’ s perspective.

Here on Earth, we are used to seeing red and orange colors during sunsets . Ever wonder what a sunset on Mars looks like ? NASA explains why we'd see a lot of blue if we were watching a sunset on Mars, "The blue color near the Sun is not caused by clouds of water ice, but by the Martian dust

Here’s what a Martian sunset looks like© Provided by Penske Media Corporation Capture

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. Most recently, the robotic lander detected what scientists believe may be the first recorded “marsquake” ever, but the bot’s talents go beyond its sensitive ears.

Along with its suite of vibration-sensing equipment and digging tools the InSight is equipped with a high-resolution lens that NASA can point at whatever seems interesting. Now, thanks to some nice timing on NASA’s behalf, we are treated to a gorgeous view of the Martian sunset from the lander’s perspective.

Here’s what a Martian sunset looks like

Here’s what a Martian sunset looks like 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. 

Martian sunset and twilight images help scientists determine how high into the atmosphere the martian dust extends, and allow them to look for dust or ice clouds. Other images have shown that the twilight glow remains visible, but increasingly fainter, for up to two hours before sunrise or after sunset .

And here ' s what a Martian sunset at around 6.30pm Mars time looks like . Insight landed on Mars on November 26, 2018, and will study the deep interior of the red planet. The probe is mapping Mars' core, crust and mantle by measuring small earthquakes and heat flow below the Martian surface.

Okay, so it doesn’t have the same flair as a professional photograph of an Earthly sunset but it’s still pretty darn awesome. As NASA explains, the photo was captured one early evening in late April:

NASA’s InSight lander used the Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC) on the end of its robotic arm to image this sunset on Mars on April 25, 2019, the 145th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. This was taken around 6:30 p.m. Mars local time.

This color-corrected version more accurately shows the image as the human eye would see it.

As NASA notes, the image has been tweaked to show what you or I would see if we were standing right where InSight is positioned for the photo. The RAW image that InSight delivered to NASA is actually a bit clearer than the modified pic:

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A NASA image shows what sunset on Mars looks like . An old image of a Martian sunset has been making the rounds recently. Captured on May 19, 2005, by NASA' s

The sun looks like a gumball from Mars since it' s 141 million miles away (versus 93 million miles from Earth). The suns ets are blue because Mars' signature red dust filters out the sun ' s bright colors. Opportunity is going need several Instagram filters to make it pretty if it wants to compete with # sunset .

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. However, as with many of NASA’s Mars missions it’s entirely possible the lander will get a new lease on life and extended mission goals once it completes its primary mission.

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NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter has captured the best view of the planet’s moon Phobos yet. The image, which depicts Phobos in its full moon phase, gives us one of the best views of this strange moon that we've ever seen. Phobos is the biggest moon orbiting Mars, but that isn’t saying much: At only about seven miles across, it's really more of a large asteroid than a proper moon. In fact, many astronomers suspect Phobos was once an asteroid that Mars snatched up and then made its moon. Because of its small stature, scientists have struggled to properly study Phobos.

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