National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), In a statement on Thursday On mars about two years ago that a “mole” To the Red Planet He announced that he had terminated his duty after landing.
Many attempts by InSight failed
Digger, drill and probe also called “mole”, German Aviation and Space Center (DLR). Then the “mole” NASAof InSight was deployed as an intermediary.
Red Planetto Martian soil to measure the temperature of 16 feet trying to make a hole InSightcould not continue his mission successfully. Digger in the first month of duty 14 inches it punched a hole and then got stuck.
After the incident October 2019‘in NASA engineers, 14 inch help refill one area and move the digger to the next 16 feet He devised a plan to get the digger back on track, using a robotic bucket to steer the digging attempt. However, this plan did not work.
Second time unsuccessful NASA, February 2020‘also InSight he tried to direct the spacecraft to push the probe with his robotic arm. As a result of the plan that won’t work again NASA, January 9, 2021‘also InSightAfter trying to use the bucket on the robotic arm of the probe once again, the probe without any advance 500 additional hammer blows realized.
After this point reached NASA his team announced the dismissal. From DLR Tilman spohn In NASA’s announcement, he stated the mission as follows; “We’ve given everything we’ve got, but Mars and our hero mole remain incompatible” said.
In addition Spohn, AnthemHe also noted that working on this probe will benefit future missions, as they have learned a lot about the surface of the.
Finally NASAof Washington Head of science at headquarters Thomas zurbuchensaid he is proud of the team of the mission and that their work is purposeful.