NASA InSight Mission picks up Martian sunrise and sunset


(CNN) – NASA Stationary Discernment Lander is spending two years on Mars learning everything he can about the deep interior of the Red Planet. But it's also providing us with legal details like a daily meteorological bulletin from Mars and now a glimpse of what it looks like when the sun rises and sets on Mars.

The probe used the camera on its robotic arm to take pictures on April 24 and 25, capturing the sunrise on the equivalent of 5:30 am and 6:30 p.m. local time. Another camera also sighted clouds in the sky during sunset.

If the sun seems especially smallit is because it is further from Mars than Earth. This means that the sun appears to be about two-thirds the size we see on Earth.

Discernment He took some practice photos in March. It is a tradition that dates back to the Viking lander 1, who took a photo of a Martian sunset in August 1976. The Viking 2 caught a sunrise in June 1978 and both events were also captured by the Spirit robots, Opportunity and Curiosity.

"It has been a tradition for Mars missions to capture sunrises and sunsets," said Justin Maki, Discernment a science team co-researcher and imaging leader at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "With many of our major imaging tasks completed, we decided to capture the sunrise and sunset as seen in another world."

Recently, Discernment also detected its first earthquake on Mars.

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