NASA's Insight lander snaps ghostly, hazy Mars sunset

CNET | 3/14/2019 | Jackson Ryan
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Watching the sunset over a vast, blue ocean is one of the most peaceful pleasures in life.

But watching the sunset over a vast, red, endless desert might be just as good. Especially when that desert is over 150 million miles away.

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Thanks to NASA's InSight lander, which has planted itself in Mars' flat, smooth plain Elysium Planitia, you can do just that. The image above was snapped by NASA's most recent Mars transplant on March 10, the robot's 101st day at work on the Martian surface. Stitching a sequence of images by the lander's Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC) shows the splendorous sun setting over the Red Planet and disappearing beyond the horizon.

It's not the first time we've seen the sun set on another planet, though. Largely thanks to the efforts of the Martian rovers, including recently-departed Opportunity, we've been able to watch the tiny, yellow orb sink behind the soil a number of times before. Curiosity watched this hazy, blue end-of-day back in 2015. And even earlier than that, Spirit watched the sun set over Gusev...
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