NASA’s stationary InSight lander is spending two years on Mars learning everything it can about the deep interior of the Red Planet. Recently, it has provided a series of images of sunrise and sunset images.
Using a camera attached on its robotic arm, the lander captured the images on April 24 and 25, the 145th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. In local Mars time, the shots were taken starting around 5:30 a.m. and then again starting around 6:30 p.m. As a bonus, a camera under the lander’s deck also caught clouds drifting across the Martian sky at sunset.
Justin Maki, InSight science team co-investigator and imaging lead at NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California said, “This is actually the second time InSight has captured these daily events: The camera took practice shots on March 2 and 10. It’s been a tradition for Mars missions to capture sunrises and sunsets. With many of our primary imaging tasks complete, we decided to capture the sunrise and sunset as seen from another world.”