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NASA's InSight Lander Snapped its First Ever Selfie on Mars

Tech | | December 12, 2018, 10:00 am
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 NASA's InSight lander showed its robotic arm and with a reach of nearly 6 feet (2 metres), the robot managed to flex its arm to snap a selfie. 'InSight' which is short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to give Mars its first thorough checkup, and study the planet's interior structure. (Image: Twitter/NASAInsight)

NASA's InSight lander showed its robotic arm and with a reach of nearly 6 feet (2 metres), the robot managed to flex its arm to snap a selfie. 'InSight' which is short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to give Mars its first thorough checkup, and study the planet's interior structure. (Image: Twitter/NASAInsight)

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 NASA's InSight Mars lander acquired this image of the area in front of the lander using its lander-mounted, Instrument Context Camera (ICC) with the ICC image field of view of 124 x 124 degrees, on Mars, November 26, 2018. (Image: Reuters)

NASA's InSight Mars lander acquired this image of the area in front of the lander using its lander-mounted, Instrument Context Camera (ICC) with the ICC image field of view of 124 x 124 degrees, on Mars, November 26, 2018. (Image: Reuters)

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 Engineers Kris Bruvold and Sandy Krasner celebrate as the InSight lander touch downs on Mars in the mission support area of the space flight operation facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

Engineers Kris Bruvold and Sandy Krasner celebrate as the InSight lander touch downs on Mars in the mission support area of the space flight operation facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

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 This photo provided by NASA shows an image on Mars that its spacecraft called InSight acquired using its robotic arm-mounted, Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC) after it landed on the planet. (Image: AP)

This photo provided by NASA shows an image on Mars that its spacecraft called InSight acquired using its robotic arm-mounted, Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC) after it landed on the planet. (Image: AP)

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 Engineers monitor the landing of InSight in the mission support area of the space flight operation facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

Engineers monitor the landing of InSight in the mission support area of the space flight operation facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

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 InSight project manager Tom Hoffman points at an image sent from the InSight lander after the space craft landed on Mars in the mission support area of the space flight operation facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

InSight project manager Tom Hoffman points at an image sent from the InSight lander after the space craft landed on Mars in the mission support area of the space flight operation facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

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 Engineers celebrate as the InSight lander touch downs on Mars in the mission support area of the space flight operation facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. (Image: AP)

Engineers celebrate as the InSight lander touch downs on Mars in the mission support area of the space flight operation facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. (Image: AP)

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 A life-size model of the spaceship Insight, NASA's first robotic lander dedicated to studying the deep interior of Mars, is shown at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. (Image: Reuters)

A life-size model of the spaceship Insight, NASA's first robotic lander dedicated to studying the deep interior of Mars, is shown at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. (Image: Reuters)

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 People react as they watch on a video screen the spaceship InSight, NASA's first robotic lander dedicated to studying the deep interior of Mars, land on the planet's surface after a six-month journey, in Times Square in New York. (Image: Reuters)

People react as they watch on a video screen the spaceship InSight, NASA's first robotic lander dedicated to studying the deep interior of Mars, land on the planet's surface after a six-month journey, in Times Square in New York. (Image: Reuters)

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 NASA officials Jim Bridenstine, Michael Watkins, Tom Hoffman, Bruce Banerdt, Andrew Klesh, and Elizabeth Barrett sit under a photograph of engineers celebrating the Mars landing of InSight at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

NASA officials Jim Bridenstine, Michael Watkins, Tom Hoffman, Bruce Banerdt, Andrew Klesh, and Elizabeth Barrett sit under a photograph of engineers celebrating the Mars landing of InSight at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

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 A man peeks at a model of the CubeSat MarCO which trails the InSight lander on its mission to Mars at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. (Image: AP)

A man peeks at a model of the CubeSat MarCO which trails the InSight lander on its mission to Mars at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. (Image: AP)

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 A video feed of the InSight lander mission control room is seen at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

A video feed of the InSight lander mission control room is seen at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

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 Engineer Kris Bruvold celebrates as the InSight lander touch downs on Mars in the mission support area of the space flight operation facility in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

Engineer Kris Bruvold celebrates as the InSight lander touch downs on Mars in the mission support area of the space flight operation facility in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

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 Members of the media monitor the landing of InSight at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

Members of the media monitor the landing of InSight at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

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 An engineer smiles next to an image of Mars sent from the InSight lander shortly after it landed on Mars in the mission support area of the space flight operation facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. (Image: AP)

An engineer smiles next to an image of Mars sent from the InSight lander shortly after it landed on Mars in the mission support area of the space flight operation facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. (Image: AP)

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 A model of the InSight lander is shown at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

A model of the InSight lander is shown at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

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 People at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory celebrate as the InSight lander touches down on Mars. (Image: AP)

People at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory celebrate as the InSight lander touches down on Mars. (Image: AP)

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 Engineers monitor the landing of InSight in the mission support area of the space flight operation facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

Engineers monitor the landing of InSight in the mission support area of the space flight operation facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

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 Members of the media take photos as the InSight lander prepares to land on Mars' surface at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

Members of the media take photos as the InSight lander prepares to land on Mars' surface at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

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 NASA officials Michael Watkins, Tom Hoffman, and Bruce Banerdt celebrate after the Mars landing of InSight at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. (Image: AP)

NASA officials Michael Watkins, Tom Hoffman, and Bruce Banerdt celebrate after the Mars landing of InSight at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. (Image: AP)

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 Engineers embrace after the Mars landing of InSight in the mission support area of the space flight operation facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. (Image: AP)

Engineers embrace after the Mars landing of InSight in the mission support area of the space flight operation facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. (Image: AP)

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 NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine talks to multiple media outlets about Mars InSight at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine talks to multiple media outlets about Mars InSight at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

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 NASA officials Jim Bridenstine, Michael Watkins, Tom Hoffman, Bruce Banerdt, Andrew Klesh, and Elizabeth Barrett make statements under a photograph sent from Mars by the InSight lander at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

NASA officials Jim Bridenstine, Michael Watkins, Tom Hoffman, Bruce Banerdt, Andrew Klesh, and Elizabeth Barrett make statements under a photograph sent from Mars by the InSight lander at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

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 An image transmitted from Mars by the InSight lander is seen on a computer screen at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

An image transmitted from Mars by the InSight lander is seen on a computer screen at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

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 Mars InSight team members Kris Bruvold and Sandy Krasner rejoice, inside the Mission Support Area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, after receiving confirmation that the Mars InSight lander successfully touched down on the surface of Mars. (Image: AP)

Mars InSight team members Kris Bruvold and Sandy Krasner rejoice, inside the Mission Support Area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, after receiving confirmation that the Mars InSight lander successfully touched down on the surface of Mars. (Image: AP)

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 Engineers monitor the landing of InSight in the mission support area of the space flight operation facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

Engineers monitor the landing of InSight in the mission support area of the space flight operation facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

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 NASA officials celebrate the Mars landing of InSight during a press conference at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

NASA officials celebrate the Mars landing of InSight during a press conference at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

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 Journalists gather at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory awaiting the landing of InSight on Mars in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

Journalists gather at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory awaiting the landing of InSight on Mars in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

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 NASA official Andrew Klesh speaks next to his colleagues, project manager Tom Hoffman and, lead scientist Bruce Banerdt, under a photograph taken by one of the mini satellites that was trailing the InSight lander, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

NASA official Andrew Klesh speaks next to his colleagues, project manager Tom Hoffman and, lead scientist Bruce Banerdt, under a photograph taken by one of the mini satellites that was trailing the InSight lander, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image: AP)

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