TechnologyNASA's Mars lander takes selfie from above with robotic arm

07:56  12 december  2018
07:56  12 december  2018 Source:   msn.com

NASA is playing a ‘claw game’ on Mars, and it’s even more complex than your local arcade

NASA is playing a ‘claw game’ on Mars, and it’s even more complex than your local arcade Scoring a stuffed animal or small trinket from a classic claw game at your local arcade can leave you feeling frustrated and full of rage, so imagine the tension that comes with operating a similar mechanism from millions and millions of miles away.

NASA ' s InSight lander opens a window into the "inner space " of Mars . Its instruments peer deeper than ever into the Martian subsurface, seeking the signatures of the processes that shaped the rocky

The Mars InSight Lander has beamed down a selfie of sorts, showing its NASA -JPL (GPL). That black box you see against the gray Martian sky is The robotic arm is about 5.75-feet in length, and

NASA's Mars lander takes selfie from above with robotic arm © The Associated Press This composite image made available by NASA on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 shows the InSight lander on the surface of Mars. The InSight lander used the camera on its long robotic arm to snap a series of pictures assembled into a selfie. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's new Mars lander has taken a selfie from above, using a camera on its long robotic arm.

The InSight lander snapped a series of pictures that NASA turned into a stunning mosaic, released Tuesday.

InSight landed on Mars on Nov. 26. In the two weeks since, scientists are thrilled to find the area in front of the spacecraft pretty much free of rocks, hills and holes. That should make it a safe place for InSight's two geology experiments, which will be moved to the ground in the coming weeks.

Lead scientist Bruce Banerdt of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory says the red sandy expanse might seem "pretty plain" — if it weren't on Mars. He notes, "We're glad to see that."

Mars InSight deploys French-made quake sensor on Red Planet.
The US space agency's unmanned Mars Insight lander, which touched down on the Red Planet last month, has successfully deployed its key, quake-sensing instrument on the alien world's surface, NASA said Thursday. The seismometer, known as the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure, or SEIS, was made by the French space agency, CNES. "Seismometer deployment is as important as landing InSight on Mars," said InSight principal investigator Bruce Banerdt of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "The seismometer is the highest-priority instrument on InSight: We need it in order to complete about three-quarters of our science objectives.

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