The InSight unit landed successfully on Mars yesterday, and today it sent the first photo evidence that there is good working weather. The picture was taken shortly after landing, and transmitted to Earth via the Mars Odyssey orbiter today at 4:30 am Minsk time.
“The InSight team will be able to rest today, as we know that the solar batteries of the device are deployed and recharge the batteries, ” said Tom Hoffman, project manager for InSight. – Tomorrow begins a new exciting chapter for InSight: ground operations and the start of deployment of the tool.
Our Mars Odyssey orbiter phoned home, relaying news from @NASAInSight indicating its solar panels are open & collecting sunlight on the Martian surface. Also in the dispatch: this snapshot from the lander's arm showing the instruments in their new home: https://t.co/WygR5X2Px4 pic.twitter.com/UwzBsu8BNe
— NASA (@NASA) November 27, 2018
In the coming days, the mission team will launch a robotic arm of the device and take several pictures using the camera attached to it in order to choose a place to place scientific instruments. On their full deployment and obtaining the first data will take 2-3 months. At this time, InSight will use weather sensors and a magnetometer to study the situation at the landing site in the Elysian Highlands.