The mission, which began in early 2019, failed to penetrate deep enough.
NASA had to end its mission to drill down into the Martian soil after its unique geology turned out to be too Had Proven Much The InSight probe was equipped with a probe called a mole that was designed to drill up to 10 feet into the ground. However, the agency said the “unexpected tendency of the soil to clump” meant the drills could never be bought enough to work properly.
It’s the end of a long saga that began in early 2019 when the properties of the Martian soil proved difficult to crack. After much trial and error and a little help from InSight’s robotic arm, the hardware only managed to get a few inches into the ground. The final attempt was on Saturday, January 9th, when NASA technicians made one final (unsuccessful) attempt to complete the mission.
But all is not lost, right, the mole’s failure has helped engineers devise various strategies for future ones Develop missions. After using the InSight arm in this fashion, the probe will bury its seismometer for cleaner and more accurate readings of Martian geology. The InSight mission is not over yet – its expected lifespan has been extended to at least the end of 2022.
The inSight’s job is to determine whether the Mars core is liquid or solid, to check for data and, if persistence lands, to build the first meteorological network that humans have built on another planet shelf.
Engadget / Tech Conflict.Com
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