The call for help from NASA’s Insight probe from Mars as it prepares to leave the red planet ~ LesNews
Robot says it may send its last message from Mars as red dust chokes off its power supply
NASA’s InSight probe has transmitted what may be its last message from Mars, where it carried out a historic mission to reveal the secrets of the Red Planet’s interior.
In November, the space agency warned that the days of the “Robot Probe” could be coming to an end as dust continues to thicken and choke the energy of the InSight probe.
“The spacecraft’s power output continues to decline as windblown dust on its solar panels thickens,” Nasa wrote in a Nov. 2 update. “The end is expected in the coming weeks”
A message shared on Nasa InSight’s Twitter account on Monday read: “My power is really low so this might be the last image I can send. But don’t worry about me: my time here has been both productive and peaceful. If I can keep talking to my mission team, I will – but I’ll be logging off here soon. Thanks for staying with me. »
Message from the NASA Insight Twitter account:
My power is really low, so this might be the last image I can send. Don’t worry about me though: my time here has been both productive and peaceful. If I can keep talking to my mission team, I will – but I’ll be signing here soon. Thanks for staying with me. pic.twitter.com/wkYKww15kQ
—NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) December 19, 2022
The robot probe, geologist, equipped with a hammer and an earthquake monitor, landed for the first time on the barren expanse of Elysium Planitia (second volcanic region of the planet Mars) in November 2018.
He has since undertaken geological excavations, making the first measurements of earthquakes using a hi-tech seismometer placed directly on the Martian surface.
This solar-powered probe released an update last month, reminiscing about its time in space.
“I was lucky enough to live on two planets. Four years ago, I arrived safe and sound on the second, to the great joy of my family who remained on the first. Thanks to my team for sending me on this journey of discovery. I hope I made you proud,” he said.
Since its deployment, the Insight probe has measured more than 1,300 seismic events, and more than 50 of them had signals clear enough for the team to infer information about their location on Mars, according to published results from the mission.
Data from the probe also provided details about Mars’ inner layers, its liquid core, the surprisingly variable remnants below the surface of its largely extinct magnetic field, weather and seismic activity.
Before its launch in 2018, NASA chief scientist Jim Green said the mission was of “fundamental importance to understanding the origin of our solar system and how it came to be what it is today. »
NASA will only declare the mission complete when the InSight probe misses two controls with the other probethis one in orbit around Mars and which relays information to Earth.
In 2018, veteran Opportunity; the Mars rover; declared the end of its 15-year mission by transmitting an incomplete picture of Perseverance Valley.
An intense dust storm darkened the sky around the solar-powered rover, obscuring the Sun and leaving behind a dark image with white flecks from camera noise. The transmission stopped before the complete image could be sent…
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