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New satellite images show curiosity and InSight hard work on Mars



New photographs taken by the Marine Intelligence Orbiter provide fresh views of the NASA Insight and Rovers Curiosity lander on the Martian surface.

The Opportunity rover died last year after being strangled by dust, meaning that NASA has only two robotic probes currently exploring the Martian surface: the six-wheeled Curiosity rover and the stationary InSight. Flying high in space, however, is Mars's NASA Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which regularly scans the Martian surface for cool new things, such as dry river channels fresh impact craters ahem, an elephant .

Sometimes the HiRISE orbit camera looks down at the machines below. This happened recently, according to a NASA press release so we have some nice new photos of Curiosity and InSight .

InSight is located in a region called Elysium Planitia that embraces the Martian equator. MRO took the photo above on September 23, 201

9 from at an altitude of 272 kilometers (169 miles). The image is so clear that the two solar panels measuring 6 meters (20 feet) from one end to the other are clearly visible. The bright white spot is the domed shield currently covering the InSight marsquake detector, which has yielded some interesting results . The stripes visible near the ground are traces left by dust devils – one of them, in fact, swept the land back in May.

The MRO took a grain photo of InSight in December 2018, but NASA considers this the clearest image so far made from space from Earth, as the agency explains in its press release: [19659008] Several factors make this image clearer than the set of images posted after November's InSight 2018 landing. First, there is less dust in the air this time. The shadows shift from the landscape because it is a sloping view looking west. The lighting was also optimal to avoid bright reflections from the lander or its solar panels, which obscured the surrounding pixels in other images. However, bright reflections are inevitable with the coverage of the seismometer just south of the ground due to its dome shape.

As for the dark material surrounding the ground, this was caused by InSight retro-rockets during its descent.

Photos before and after showing the progress of Curiosity from May 31 to July 20, 2019.
Gif : NASA / JPL-Caltech / University of Arizona.

Meanwhile, about 600 kilometers (373 miles) away, curiosity is being occupied in a region known as clay. Before – and – after pictures they show the progress made by Curiosity as it traveled 337 meters (1,106 feet) from an area called Woodland Bay (above) to the port of Sandside (below), which it made from May 31 to July 20, 2019 It's incredible that the rover's tracks can be seen if you look closely.

The lonely surface of Mars will soon have several more inhabitants . NASA is still to be named Mars 2020 Rover and ESA ExoMars Rosalind Franklin Rover is scheduled to launch next year. This will mean cooler science as well as new photo targets for the Marine Intelligence Orbiter.


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