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InSight’s Wind and Thermal Shield Seen from Space
NASA’s InSight spacecraft and its recently deployed Wind and Thermal Shield were imaged on Mars on 4 February 2019.

On 2 February, InSight’s robotic arm placed the special shield over its seismometer on the Martian surface to protect the instrument from wind and extreme temperatures. The green object in this image is the InSight lander; the white dot just below it is the shield, which is especially bright and reflective. The shield is a little less than 6 feet (1.8 meters) away from the lander. The dark circles on either side of the lander are its solar panels. The total width of the lander with both panels open is 19 feet, 8 inches (6 meters).

The image also shows the darkened ground where InSight’s retrorockets blew away lighter-colored dust as the lander touched down on 26 November 2018. Scientists are interested in imaging this location over time to watch how quickly the lighter-colored Martian dust covers that darkened surface.

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