The Red Planet like you’ve never seen it before

Posted by Ondela Mlandu on 7 December 2018 Tags:, ,

NASA’s InSight lander has landed safely on its new home planet, Mars, and NASA has just released over 2,540 images of Mars captured by the spacecraft, as well as pictures of artists’ renderings of it on Mars.

InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is part of NASA’s Discovery programme. According to experts, the spacecraft’s mission to Mars will be the first to unlock the hidden geological secrets of the planet’s core.

For some armchair travel of a whole new kind, here are a few images from the Red Planet:

Mars’ Wirtz Crater. Image from NASA

Roddy Crater on Mars, home to several large alluvial fans. Image from NASA

The hole is about 1, 6 centimeters in diameter. Image from NASA

An artist’s rendition of the InSight lander operating on the surface of Mars. Image from NASA

Aram Chaos, a 280 kilometre diameter ancient impact crater that lies within in the Southern Highlands of Mars. Image from NASA

The image is to track the movement of sand dunes near the North Pole of Mars. Image from NASA

More images of the NASA InSight Mission can be seen here