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Saturday, November 27, 2021
NASA InSight lander ‘mole’ suffers another Mars bad luck

NASA InSight lander ‘mole’ suffers another Mars bad luck

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InSight snapped this selfie on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech Mars is a planet. It doesn't have feelings or intentions, but it's hard not to personify it when it seems to be fighting back against our attempts to study it. NASA's InSight lander has been struggling to send a heat probe beneath the planet's surface. Just when it…
NASA’s InSight lander on Mars has actually spotted more than 20 quakes. Early information recommends the red world might be less Earth-like than we believed.

NASA’s InSight lander on Mars has actually spotted more than 20...

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Scientists have been listening to whispers and rumbles below Mars' surface. NASA's InSight lander, which touched down on Mars in November 2018, gave scientists the unprecedented ability to detect and monitor quakes on the red planet. The lander's built-in seismometer detected its first quake in April. Since then, researchers have recorded more than 100 events,…
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…

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