It wasn't that long ago that the idea of having a single working machine on Mars was little more than a dream for scientists. Today, NASA has a lot of hardware on and around the Red Planet, and sometimes they get a glimpse of each other as they do their business.
In a new post from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, we get to see both InSight lander and Curiosity rover do their thing remotely thanks to NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and its HiRISE camera. The pictures are nothing but spectacular.
The two pictures tell their own unique stories. First we have the InSight lander sitting in a semicircle of dark dust that was kicked up when the spaceship moved down the planet:
The lander does not travel, and it does everything work from his stationary perch in a flat area of Mars. It will remain there for, yes, forever, but it still has a lot of work to do before NASA goes ahead.
Then there is Curiosity, which is very mobile. Rover has already traveled a considerable distance since he touched on Mars, and is currently investigating a mountain range located in a colossal impact crater. Here we can see images of rover in two different places, one of which was captured during a previous pass by MRO:
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been hanging around Mars for a very, very long time. The spaceship was originally started in 2005 and arrived in March 2006. The primary mission lasted for two years, but the spaceship had plenty of life. Today, the orbit celebrates its 13th year in orbit around the red planet, and NASA says it has enough fuel to keep it ticking for at least a decade.