Image from InSight's robotic-arm-mounted Instrument Deployment Camera showing the instruments on the spacecraft's deck with Elysium ...


As it gears up for its two-year geological mission, NASA's Mars InSight lander has started flexing its almost 6-ft (2-m) robotic arm. One of the key pieces of equipment on the unmanned explorer, the arm will eventually be used to place experiments on the Martian surface, but for the next two or three months will be used to examine the spacecraft for damage and helping to calibrate its instruments.

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