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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
NASA’s Insight Lander simply won an Emmy

NASA’s Insight Lander simply won an Emmy

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InSight's solar panels appear in this image from Mars on Dec. 7. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA's Insight Lander is having a rough time on Mars at the minute, trying to dislodge its "mole" from martian soil. That's the bad news.  The good news? The Insight Lander is now an Emmy winner! The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences…
See NASA’s InSight Mars lander attempt to crush the soil

See NASA’s InSight Mars lander attempt to crush the soil

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NASA's Insight lander took this selfie in late 2018. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA's InSight lander has a perplexing problem. The lander's "mole," a device that's designed to burrow deep under the planet's surface, got stuck pretty quickly after it deployed early in 2019. The heat probe just isn't digging like it's supposed to. So InSight is patting…
NASA’s Still Attempting to Get InSight’s Mole Working Again. Development is Slow.

NASA’s Still Attempting to Get InSight’s Mole Working Again. Development is...

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The InSight lander has been on Mars for 213 Sols on its mission to understand the interior of the red planet. It’s armed with a seismometer, a temperature and wind sensor, and other instruments. But it’s primary instrument, arguably, is the Mole, or the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3.) And the Mole has…
This is What the Ground Appeared Like After InSight Arrived On Mars

This is What the Ground Appeared Like After InSight Arrived On...

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When InSight landed on Mars on Nov. 26th, 2018, it deployed a parachute to slow its descent through the thin Martian atmosphere. As it approached the surface, it fired its retro rocket to slow it even more, and then gently touched down on the surface. As it did so, its retro rockets excavated two small…
Engineers are Still Fixing Why Mars InSight’s Mole is Stuck and Will Not Go Any Much Deeper

Engineers are Still Fixing Why Mars InSight’s Mole is Stuck and...

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NASA’s Mars InSight Lander was always a bit of a tricky endeavour. The stationary lander has one chance to get things right, since it can’t move. While initially the mission went well, and the landing site looked good, the Mole is having trouble penetrating deep enough to fulfill its mission. InSight landed on Mars on…
NASA’s Perception sees cloudy days on Mars, so why does it by no means rain?

NASA’s Perception sees cloudy days on Mars, so why does it...

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The Mars Insight Lander and its connected seismograph device take in a cloudy Martian sunset. NASA Watching the Martian clouds roll by is apparently a good way to pass time if you're a NASA robot hanging out on the surface of the red planet just listening for Marsquakes and hammering away at buried rocks. The Mars…
Researchers are Attempting to Determine Why InSight’s “Mole” Can’t Dig Any Much Deeper

Researchers are Attempting to Determine Why InSight’s “Mole” Can’t Dig Any...

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Engineers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) are busy working with a replica InSight Lander to see if they can understand what’s blocking the lander’s mole. The mole is the short name for the lander’s Heat Probe, which is hammering its way into the Martian surface. The Heat Probe…
NASA hatches strategy to fix Mars InSight mole secret

NASA hatches strategy to fix Mars InSight mole secret

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The mole is stuck on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA's Mars InSight lander has been a star on the Red Planet. It touched down in November and has since snapped lovely landscapes, deployed a seismometer and unleashed a burrowing heat probe known as the "mole." Everything was going great until the mole got stuck under the surface…
InSight’s Rock-hammer has to do with Half a Meter Down and has Currently Encounter Rocks.

InSight’s Rock-hammer has to do with Half a Meter Down and...

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NASA’s InSight lander is busy deploying its Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) into the Martian soil and has encountered some resistance. The German Aerospace Center (DLR), who designed and built the HP3 as part of the InSight mission, has announced that the instrument has hit not one, but two rocks in the sub-surface.…
Mars set to get hammered by NASA InSight probe

Mars set to get hammered by NASA InSight probe

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The burrowing heat flow probe is ready to hammer into Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA's InSight lander on Mars doesn't have to sing "If I had a hammer." It's already got one. The lander's heat flow probe, nicknamed the "Mole," is in position on the ground and is ready to burrow into the planet by hammering its…

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