Not so long ago the idea of having a working Mars machine was little more than a dream for scientists. Today, NASA has a whole bunch of hardware on and around the Red Planet, and sometimes they look at each other as they go about their business.
In a new post from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, we'll see both the InSight lander and the Curiosity rover do their thing from afar thanks to NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and HiRISE camera.
The two images tell their own unique stories. First, we have the InSight lander, which sits in a semicircle of dark dust, which was kicked out when the spacecraft touched the planet: perch on a flat area of Mars. It will remain there forever, but there is still a long way to go before NASA continues.
Then there is a curiosity that is very, very mobile. The rover has already come a considerable distance from its landing on Mars and is currently exploring a mountainous area located inside a colossal crater. Here we can see images of the rover in two different places, one of which was taken during a previous passage of an MRO:
The Mars intelligence recruiter hung around Mars for a very, very long time. The spacecraft was originally launched in 2005 and arrived on Mars in 2006. Its main mission lasted two years, but the spacecraft had a long life. Today, the orbit marks its 13th year in orbit around the Red Planet, and NASA says it has enough fuel to be able to land at least another decade.