NASA has released the clearest ever pictures of Mars, giving us Earthlings an unprecedented view of the Red Planet.
After a seven-month and 300million mile journey, NASA’s InSight lander finally arrived at Mars on November 26. It is only now however that the space agency is releasing some of the most outstanding images of Mars that have ever been seen. NASA released almost high-definition pictures of the dusty terrain of the barren Red Planet.
So far, the only images which are readily available to the public from InSight are its instruments in front of the murky landscape.
This is because the lander has yet to fully deploy all of its tools, but the new images will let experts at the US space agency determine where to set InSight's seismometer and heat flow probe - “the only instruments ever to be robotically placed on the surface of another planet.”
Bruce Banerdt, the mission's principal investigator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, said: "Today we can see the first glimpses of our workspace.
"By early next week, we'll be imaging it in finer detail and creating a full mosaic.”
InSight also has another camera, called the Instrument Context Camera, under the deck, but the view might be slightly obscured.