Last updated May 17, 2018 at 11:59 am
NASA’s InSight mission to Mars launched last week in heavy fog, providing the scene for some other-worldly photos.
Insight launched on an Atlas-V rocket from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday 5 May Australian time. However, the launch site was covered in thick fog, frustrating watchers on the ground. However, official photographers still managed to capture some stunning, slightly spooky images of the rocket shrouded in fog, and an incredible photograph of the rocket punching through the top of the fog layer taken from a light aircraft near the launch site.
InSight is now on its way to Mars, with an expected cruise phase of around 6 months. Towards the end of the year mission controllers will begin readying the lander, and themselves, for entry into the Martian atmosphere and landing on the surface of the red planet.
To find out what InSight will be doing on the red planet, and why it could change our understanding of Mars entirely, read our previous article NASA’s Mars InSight launches this week.