Three days after a spectacularly successful landing on the surface of Mars, the InSight lander, packed with international science experiments, remains healthy as control teams on Earth gradually configure the lander for its two Earth-year primary scientific mission.
Configuring InSight for its primary mission:
Following a picture-perfect landing on Monday on Elysium Planitia on Mars, InSight’s control teams began slowly checking over the science platform’s health and activating some of its science experiments.
With a healthy lander, the meticulous process of preparing the platform and its robotic arm for deployment of its most important instruments and commencement of full-scale science operations is progressing slowly – as intended.
The goal of the InSight mission is not speed, and health checks and platform configurations are planned for a leisurely pace to ensure that everything is done correctly and nothing is over exerted.
Presently, InSight is starting the process of unlocking its robotic arm. The arm and platform’s cameras will be used to first assess the condition of the lander once arm movement operations begin.
Slowly releasing all my pent-up tension, starting with loosening my grapple, as these before-and-after pics show. Until I'm ready to stretch my arm out, my camera angles will ...