Mars InSight Lander Seen in First Images from Space


On Nov. 26, NASA’s InSight mission knew that the spacecraft had touched down on Mars. Now, the team has pinpointed InSight’s exact location using images from HiRISE, a powerful camera onboard another NASA spacecraft.

The InSight lander was spotted because of its heat shield and parachute were spotted by HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) in one set of images on Dec. 6, and again on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The lander, heat shield and parachute are within 1,000 feet (several hundred meters) of one another on Elysium Planitia, the flat lava plain selected as InSight’s landing location.