NASA’s InSight lander won’t have long to live: by the end of the summer, its power will run out and it will turn off. Scientists note that the rover has done the most important work
NASA’s InSight Mars lander will ‘die’ on the red planet by the end of this summer
NASA’s InSight Mars Lander only a few months left to live: By the end of summer, his energy will run out. The lander has only a few months left to complete its mission: the InSight lander is now battling long-term dust buildup on its solar arrays.
But the rover has outlived its, scientists believe its landing power has dropped to a tenth of its available landing power of 5,000 watt-hours, NASA officials said. Also recently, NASA postponed the flight of a mini-ship to the moon.
The InSight rover landed on the Red Planet back in November 2018 and has been working properly all this time / Photo: www.space.com
The InSight rover landed on the Red Planet in November 2018 and made unprecedented measurements of seismic activity on Mars after failed attempts by spacecraft like Viking. Just a few weeks ago, InSight reported the strongest earthquake on Mars.
This “baby” singled out the strongest earthquake among 1300 other earthquakes that he felt since arriving on the red planet. The work of the InSight rover allowed scientists to accurately establish the limits of the thickness of the earth’s crust and the size of the core, which scientists have described as main achievement of the mission.
We had a very fuzzy picture of what was happening inside Mars previously, and we think the real contribution of InSight is that we can now actually paint an accurate quantitative picture of the inside of Mars, NASA officials said.
The archive compiled by the module will be useful not only for future Martian missions, but also for others who may use seismic surveys or estimate the interior of rocky worlds.
A NASA scientist who said he spent most of his career working on building a seismometer on the Red Planet suggested that Venus could be the next place to explore (provided that the new module can withstand extreme heat).
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