NASA he made in the statement, German Aviation and Space Center (DLR) built and To mars announced the cancellation of the task planned to place the first underground mole. Aforementioned Mars Mole, He would convey important information about the underground functioning of the planet.
Mars Mole project shelved
Space Agency In 2018 Starting with a landing on the surface of Mars InSight task, Of the Red Planet It bore tools aimed at creating a detailed picture of its interior. The device, which was designed specifically to measure how much of the internal heat of the planet escaped to the outside, was an important trump card for determining the extent of geological life. However, after 2 years of attempts NASA, announcing that he officially threw the towel about the project to explain made.
InSight HP3 from the German Aerospace Center, the chief designer of the device Tilman Spohn, “Success is not guaranteed. But it is also difficult to accept that this is the end ”. Thomas Zurbuchen of NASA if “InSight’s We are proud of our team as they strive to bring their mole to the depths of the planet. But it was surprising to see the problems fixed from millions of kilometers away. That’s why we take risks. We have to push the boundaries to learn what works and what doesn’t. From DLR We thank our German partners for providing this instrument and for their cooperation ”.
Of InSight By the time their mission is over, scientists will undoubtedly know more than ever about the state of Mars. The failure of the HP3, however, means the overall picture is blurry than many would expect. Of NASA As the focus nowadays shifts away from geophysics towards untouched rock samples, questions about the way terrestrial worlds work may remain unanswered.