The second image from InSight showed the sun setting at around 6:30 p.m. Mars local time. This was taken around 5:30 a.m. Mars local time. Another camera found on the deck captured the movements of the clouds during the sunset.
Color-corrected view of the above image, showing what the Martian sunrise would look like to human eyes.
That accounts for the Sun appearing to be approximately two-thirds the size we see it on Earth. This color-corrected version more accurately shows the image as the human eye would see it. Credits: NASA/JPL-CaltechNASA's InSight used its Instrument Context Camera (ICC) beneath the lander's deck to image these drifting clouds at sunset.More news: Google brings auto-delete option for location history, activity data
"It's been a tradition for Mars missions to capture sunrises and sunsets", said Justin Maki, NASA's imagine lead at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The InSight lander's photos are available in "raw" and color-corrected versions.
This isn't the InSight lander's first time capturing "Martian" activity: On March 2 and March 10, the lander took practice shots of the Red Planet's sunrise and sunset.
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The Insight lander on Mars has snapped an image of a sunset on the Red Planet.
Although sunsets and sunrises on Mars are a common sight for humans, clouds drifting on the Martian sky are less so. With the data from these instruments, and from a radio-science experiment conducted using InSight's communications gear, the mission should be able to map Mars' interior in unprecedented detail, NASA officials have said. "With lots of our major imaging duties full, we determined to seize the dawn and sundown as seen from one other world". It's a tradition that goes back to the Viking 1 lander, which snapped a photo of a Martian sunset in August 1976. Since the Vikings' trips, multiple sunrises and sunsets have been recorded by the Curiosity, Opportunity, and Spirit rovers.
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