Robot InSight takes new images of Mars

Mexico, Dec. 6 (Notimex).- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), released three new photographs taken by InSight, where part of the robot and the surface of Mars are observed.

The snapshots show the robotic arm of InSight, which has a range of two meters, and will be used to place the scientific instruments on Elysium Planitia, the landing place of the new tenant of the "red planet".

Prior to this, the robotic limb will first use the Instrument Implementation camera, located at its elbow, to take pictures of the terrain.

The images will help the mission team choose the location of the InSight seismometer and heat flux probe, the only instruments robotically placed on the surface of another planet.

The principal investigator of the mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of NASA in California, Bruce Banerdt, said that at the beginning of next week, images will be generated in greater detail, to create an full mosaic.

Although the placement of the instruments on the Martian surface seems to be a simple task, it is a critical maneuver, therefore the scientific group takes all possible precautionary measures.

According to NASA, it may take two to three months before the instruments have been located and calibrated.



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