NASA made history on November 26 after its newest Mars probe, the InSight Mars lander touched down the Red Planet. Days after its successful landing, the InSight has been capturing photos of the Martian landscape. Now, in an interesting turn of events, the robotic lander has shared its first 'selfie' from Mars and it has got the social media users talking about it.
The picture shows the lander's solar panels and deck. Its weather sensor booms, UHF antenna and other instruments were clearly visible against Mars' dusty planes.
Taking to Twitter on December 12, NASA shared the 'first selfie' of the InSight lander with the caption: "First #selfie! I’m feeling healthy, energized and whole. This is me on Mars"
Take a look:
While explaining how the lander took the selfie, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which manages the lander, stated, “The spacecraft used a camera on its robotic arm to take its first selfie, which is a mosaic made up of 11 images."
Here are some reactions on social media:
Earlier, NASA's InSight lander captured the vibrations from the breeze on the Red Planet. NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander provided the first-ever "sounds" of Martian winds on the Red Planet.
InSight sensors captured a low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind, estimated to be blowing between 10 to 15 mph (5 to 7 meters a second) on Dec. 1, from northwest to southeast. The winds were consistent with the direction of dust devil streaks in the landing area, which was observed from orbit.