Mars Insight Lander Takes Selfie Of Robotic Arm Raised In Triumph

Aaron Homer

Mars seen against a black sky.

The Mars InSight Lander has beamed down a selfie of sorts, showing its robotic arm raised in triumph against the dim Martian sky, Space.com is reporting.

It may not look like much, but the photo — which follows below — is meant to evoke famed photographs of athletes, for example, raising their hands above their heads in jubilation after a dramatic win. And in a way, InSight’s successful landing last week was a win — a win for the hundreds of people whose collective efforts represent decades of work. Astronomers, engineers, geologists, mathematicians, aerodynamics experts, and countless other workers from multiple other disciplines all had a hand in putting the spacecraft successfully onto the surface of the red planet.

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