In this selfie taken by the InSight lander on Mars, we can see the white east- and west-facing booms — called Temperature and Wind for InSight, or TWINS — on the deck of NASA’s InSight lander. NASA/JPL-Caltech
My face still burns from this afternoon’s raw wind. For some of us it’s been a cold and long winter, but if you ever need perspective, check out the latest weather at Elysium Planitia on Mars. That’s where NASA’s InSight lander is parked, a few degrees north of the Martian equator in a wide, nearly level plain. Yesterday’s (March 3) high was 6° F (–14° C), four degrees warmer than the high in at my home. Lest I think I have a right to complain, the low was –208° F (–133° C).
A recent weather report from InSight. NASA
InSight provides the public with daily temperatures, air pressure, wind speed and direction. It’s the next best thing to being there. You can also go out any time in the evening and face west to see the real Mars. It shines a little weaker than first magnitude and remains the only bright “star” in the western sky at the end of twilight. The red ...