Members of the InSight mission team are using a break in spacecraft operations to study new ways to get one of the spacecraft’s key instruments to resume burrowing into the Martian surface.
Scientists and engineers involved with InSight’s Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package instrument have been working for the last several months to get the instrument’s probe, or “mole,” to start moving into the surface again. The mole, intended to hammer to a depth of five meters below the surface, stopped in early March only about 30 centimeters below the surface.
The new budget request includes a massive cut to Mars Odyssey that effectively ends its mission.www.space.com
In his logbook, HP3 Instrument Lead Tilman Spohn gives us the latest updates regarding the InSight mission and our HP3 instrument - the 'Mole' - which will hammer into the Martian surface.www.dlr.de
There’s some happy news to report from the Red Planet, as the stubborn InSight heat probe, known as “the mole,” is now completely buried. It’s an encouraging development, as the surrounding dirt could coax the device into drilling through the Martian crust.gizmodo.com
Cross-posting this news.
Announcement of extended missions for Juno & InSight.
The missions – Juno and InSight – have each increased our understanding of our solar system, as well as spurred new sets of diverse questions.mars.nasa.gov
Unfortunately they’ve had to give up on their efforts to get the ‘mole’ buried any further under the surface of Mars.
The heat probe hasn’t been able to gain the friction it needs to dig, but the mission has been granted an extension to carry on with its other science.mars.nasa.gov