Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s InSight spacecraft operations are moving forward, as indicated by a set of November 30th images.

A lens cover was flipped open on InSight’s Instrument Context Camera (ICC) on Nov. 30, 2018. Located below the deck of the InSight lander, the ICC has a fisheye view, creating a curved horizon.

Some clumps of dust are still visible on the camera’s lens. One of the spacecraft’s footpads can be seen in the lower right corner. The seismometer’s tether box is in the upper left corner.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Robotic arm

Other activities by InSight on Sol 4 include articulation of the lander’s critical robotic arm. Imagery was taken using its robotic arm-mounted, Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC).

Data downlinked from the lander also indicate that during its first full day on Mars, the solar-powered InSight spacecraft generated more electrical power than any previous vehicle on the surface of Mars.

Two-frame set of images shows NASA’s InSight spacecraft unlatching its robotic arm on Nov. 27, 2018, the day after it landed on Mars. Click on image.
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Slightly tilted

Higher-resolution images are expected to begin arriving over the coming days.

It has also been determined that the vehicle sits slightly tilted (about 4 degrees) in a shallow dust- and sand-filled impact crater known as a “hollow.” InSight has been engineered to operate on a surface with an inclination up to 15 degrees.

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