Update, March 16, 2019: InSight landed safely and has begun drilling into the planet. The other day, it caught an eclipse of the Sun — given the tiny size of Martian moons, a total eclipse doesn’t happen there, but you can see the eclipse happen!
👀 Blink and you’ll miss it…👀
I’ve been eclipse-watching on Mars! Watch this series of pics closely, as shadows move and brightness briefly dips when Mars’ moon Phobos passes in front of the Sun. pic.twitter.com/nmPBlJhDNh
— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) March 12, 2019
This is scheduled to happen on Monday:
Another one of those “7-minutes-of-terror” events. Hope it works!
Here is NASA’s “watch online” page for it.
And here is InSight’s launch, back in May–two days after lava had started spurting out of the ground in a residential neighborhood in Hawaii on the flanks of Kilauea Volcano.
Addendum: Today, the Curiosity Rover is tweeting encouragement and helpful hints to InSight. 🙂
Featured image: NASA/Leif Heimbold, CC BY-SA 2.0