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InSight tether storage box opening

InSight tether storage box opening

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InSight tether storage box opening
Once the seismometer was placed in its final location on the ground, engineers commanded InSight to open up the storage box that held the rest of the tether, allowing the remaining length to fall to the ground. The tether will expand and contract with the temperature changes of every Martian day and night, so it's important that there be plenty of slack in the line to accommodate those changes.

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Original image data dated on or about January 1, 2019

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