NASA’s InSight lander has captured a series of images of sunrise and sunset on Mars lately, based on a release of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California on Wednesday. A camera on the spacecraft’s robotic arm snapped the pictures on 25 and April 24, the Martian afternoon of the mission. The shots were taken starting around 5: 30 a.m. And after that again starting around 6: 30 p.m. In local Mars time. As the Sun is farther from Mars than it’s from Earth, it seems only around two thirds the size when seen from Earth, said NASA.
A camera below the lander’s deck caught clouds drifting across the Martian sky at sunset. Both raw and color corrected versions of those images are readily available. It’s simpler to see some details from the raw images, however, the color corrected versions show the images precisely as the human eye would see them according to NASA. It’s was a tradition for Mars missions to catch sunsets and sunrises, said Justin Maki, InSight science team co-investigator, and imaging lead. With a number of our principal imaging tasks finish, we decided to catch the sunrise and sunset as seen from another world.
According to NASA, the very first mission to ship back such images was the Viking 1 lander, which seized a sunset on Aug. 21, 1976. 2 years later, Viking 2 seized a sunrise on June 14, 1978. Ever since then, both sunsets and sunrises have been listed by the Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity rovers, among other missions. InSight landed safely on Mars in November. 26, 2018, kicking off a 2-year mission to explore the deep interior of the red planet.