NASA InSight Mission: The clouds of trouble are hovering over NASA’s InSight lander mission, the reason behind which is the dust of the Red Planet. Which has molded the panel of the lander.
Dust on InSight’s solar panel (NASA InSight Mission), photo – NASA
NASA Insight Mission: The journey of the InSight lander of the US space agency NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) may end soon on Mars. Because the dust of the Red Planet has completely covered its solar panel, due to which power is not reaching it. In such a situation, it is believed that this mission of NASA will be over by next year.
The US space agency has said about this that 80 percent of the solar panel is covered by the dust of Mars. Due to which the rover now has only 700 watt-hours of power left on Mars per day (InSight Mission of NASA). It is expected that due to wind, this dust will be removed and the lander will collect seismic data (earthquake related) while moving forward its mission (Sand Covered NASA’s Insight Lander Solar Panels). This work is expected to be done by the end of 2022.
NASA tried to remove the dust
Earlier this month, NASA tried to remove the dust accumulated on InSight with the help of the lander robot arm, after which the dust collected on a solar panel. Now hopefully the wind will pull it off (NASA Insight Lander Not Getting Power). According to the report of Space News, the InSight lander has been discussed in a meeting of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group held on June 21.
equipment had to be turned off
Bruce Banerdt, principal investigator for the InSight mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, said at the meeting that large portions of the panel had accumulated dust, leading to the permanent shutdown of some of InSight’s instruments. The InSight rover landed on Mars on November 26, 2018 (InSight Mission Statement). It was designed to work for 687 days after reaching the planet. Although this mission was of two years, but NASA extended it for two more years till 2022. InSight analyzes incoming earthquakes on Mars. The data collected on Mars is sent to Earth. After which it is studied again.
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