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New Life: NASA’s InSight Mars Lander Gets a Few Extra Weeks of Science Operations

New Life: NASA’s InSight Mars Lander Gets a Few Extra Weeks of Science Operations

NASA’s InSight Mars lander uses a seismometer to study the inner layers of Mars. Seismic signals from quakes change as they pass through different kinds of materials; seismologists can “read” the squiggles of a seismogram to study the properties of the planet’s crust, mantle, and core. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech The InSight mission’s team has chosen to …

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NASA Sets May 5 Launch of InSight Mars Mission

Days Are Numbered: Power Levels Diminishing for NASA’s Marsquake Hunting InSight Lander

Illustration of NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) Credit: NASA Dusty solar panels and darker skies are expected to bring the Mars lander mission to a close around the end of this year. NASA’s InSight Mars lander is progressively losing power and will likely end science operations later this summer. …

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NASA's Mars lander InSight has only a few months to live on the Red Planet

NASA’s Mars lander InSight has only a few months to live on the Red Planet

NASA’s Marsquake-seeking lander is squeezing out as much science as possible amid dwindling power supplies, but it likely only has a few months left for its mission. The Mars lander InSight is battling a long-term accumulation of dust on its solar panels and is down to one-tenth of its available landing power of 5,000 watt-hours, …

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