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Re: InSight Mission Updates (Post Landing)
« Reply #20 on: 12/06/2018 07:20 pm »
New raw images have now been posted to https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/multimedia/raw-images


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Re: InSight Mission Updates (Post Landing)
« Reply #21 on: 12/06/2018 07:49 pm »
Impressive.  Bad news: the admit it looks like dust indeed got onto the context camera even with the cap on it before.  Good news: arm camera doing well and shows a landscape sufficent for seismology.  I'm very happy they're actively unveiling progress now.
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Re: InSight Mission Updates (Post Landing)
« Reply #22 on: 12/06/2018 11:09 pm »

The image on the right nicely shows engine exhaust marks on the ground.


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Re: InSight Mission Updates (Post Landing)
« Reply #24 on: 12/07/2018 07:16 pm »
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-insight-lander-hears-martian-winds

NASA InSight Lander 'Hears' Martian Winds



You can download the file and listen to it for yourself. It is very low frequency.


https://www.nasa.gov/insightmarswind


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Re: InSight Mission Updates (Post Landing)
« Reply #25 on: 12/07/2018 07:32 pm »

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Re: InSight Mission Updates (Post Landing)
« Reply #27 on: 12/11/2018 09:49 am »
Great images streaming down now, showing details such as:
- scorched ground under InSight
- the descent engines
- pebble tracks due to the thrusters interactions with the ground
- the extended robotic arm seen with the dusty context camera, and
- the "hollow" where InSight has landed, where you can see the difference in terrain between where the lander stands and a few meters beyond.

It's quite nice to scroll through the image gallery to have a movie-like experience of the arm panning around.

Also, let's talk about "luck" with the last image  :o
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Re: InSight Mission Updates (Post Landing)
« Reply #29 on: 12/11/2018 10:46 pm »
NASA's InSight Takes Its First Selfie

NASA's InSight lander isn't camera-shy. The spacecraft used a camera on its robotic arm to take its first selfie - a mosaic made up of 11 images. This is the same imaging process used by NASA's Curiosity rover mission, in which many overlapping pictures are taken and later stitched together. Visible in the selfie are the lander's solar panel and its entire deck, including its science instruments.

Mission team members have also received their first complete look at InSight's "workspace" - the approximately 14-by-7-foot (4-by-2-meter) crescent of terrain directly in front of the spacecraft. This image is also a mosaic composed of 52 individual photos.

In the coming weeks, scientists and engineers will go through the painstaking process of deciding where in this workspace the spacecraft's instruments should be placed. They will then command InSight's robotic arm to carefully set the seismometer (called the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure, or SEIS) and heat-flow probe (known as the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package, or HP3) in the chosen locations. Both work best on level ground, and engineers want to avoid setting them on rocks larger than about a half-inch (1.3 cm).

"The near-absence of rocks, hills and holes means it'll be extremely safe for our instruments," said InSight's Principal Investigator Bruce Banerdt of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "This might seem like a pretty plain piece of ground if it weren't on Mars, but we're glad to see that."

InSight's landing team deliberately chose a landing region in Elysium Planitia that is relatively free of rocks. Even so, the landing spot turned out even better than they hoped. The spacecraft sits in what appears to be a nearly rock-free "hollow" - a depression created by a meteor impact that later filled with sand. That should make it easier for one of InSight's instruments, the heat-flow probe, to bore down to its goal of 16 feet (5 meters) below the surface.

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Re: InSight Mission Updates (Post Landing)
« Reply #30 on: 12/12/2018 07:44 am »
If you follow this twitter account you will receive automatic notifications for each new image posted on official NASA site:
https://twitter.com/InsightImageBot


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Re: InSight Mission Updates (Post Landing)
« Reply #31 on: 12/12/2018 12:45 pm »
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Yes, HIRISE is supposed to release an image later this week. I have seen an image that shows the lander, heatshield, and backshell/parachute location. Have not seen the actual HIRISE image but instead a pre-landing one with dots on the spots where those are located. Can't wait to see the actual image. Sorry not allowed to distribute the photo I was shown.

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Re: InSight Mission Updates (Post Landing)
« Reply #32 on: 12/13/2018 10:33 am »
This undocumented API allows manually retrieving full list of available images as soon as they become available:
https://mars.nasa.gov/api/v1/raw_image_items/?order=sol+desc%2Cdate_taken+desc&per_page=1000&page=0&condition_1=insight%3Amission
order: fields to order by; here it is sol+desc,date_taken+desc
per_page: how many results to get per page
page: select which page of results to retrieve




You can save the file locally and prepend   imageslist=  to the beginning of file contents and  ; at the end, so you can then just import it into an HTML page by using <script src="download.json"></script> : you'll then get an imageslist object, whose property list.items is an array of all images, where each item has these main properties:
item.created_at = creation date on Mars in EarthUTC timezone
item.imageid
item.extended.localtime
item.title
item.url
item.sol
item.instrument

list property total shows the total amount of images available, currently 196 .
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Re: InSight Mission Updates (Post Landing)
« Reply #33 on: 12/13/2018 02:23 pm »
The purple band shows where they can place the seismometer. As you can see, they are not going to have any problems.

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Re: InSight Mission Updates (Post Landing)
« Reply #34 on: 12/13/2018 03:17 pm »
What is the constraint behind the band? Arm movement or something more esoteric?

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Re: InSight Mission Updates (Post Landing)
« Reply #35 on: 12/13/2018 03:28 pm »
What is the constraint behind the band? Arm movement or something more esoteric?

I would guess arm movement.

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Re: InSight Mission Updates (Post Landing)
« Reply #36 on: 12/13/2018 04:41 pm »
« Last Edit: 12/13/2018 04:43 pm by eeergo »
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Re: InSight Mission Updates (Post Landing)
« Reply #37 on: 12/13/2018 06:36 pm »
Impressed with how clearly discernible the two solar arrays are on the lander.

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Re: InSight Mission Updates (Post Landing)
« Reply #38 on: 12/13/2018 08:44 pm »
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Corresponding point in the landing ellipse thanks to Emily Lakdawalla:

https://twitter.com/elakdawalla/status/1073300378576334850
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Re: InSight Mission Updates (Post Landing)
« Reply #39 on: 12/13/2018 09:02 pm »
Well within of what you would expect given that InSight didn't do any active guided entry a-la Curiosity.

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