NASA’s InSight probe Landed on Mars in November 2018. Four years later, it is estimated that a large dust storm on the neighboring planet has experienced a drop in energy due to failures in its solar panels.
InSight’s purpose was to collect seismic data from Mars for Earth. Since being on the planet, the probe has detected more than 1,300 earthquakes (Mars earthquakes) and have been able to take pictures of them and find that some are bigger than here.
Despite the importance of the information collected, Insight has Dust gathering on your solar panels From the beginning. Due to this inconvenience, the lander could not charge properly, as its only source of energy is solar.
The US space agency reported in June that the probe was unlikely to arrive until 2023, despite efforts to extend the life of the lander. According to Europa Press, on October 3, NASA discovered that the latest dust storm has increased the dust haze around InSight. up to about 40%.
Due to this the charge on the solar panels has fallen 425 watt hours Until the day of Mars. So far, the rover’s seismometer has been running about 24 hours a day every other day on Mars, but the energy storage won’t be enough to make the plan last long.
Now, NASA plans to turn off the device for two weeks to allow it to charge. ,If we can recover from this, we can continue working till winterBut I will remain concerned about the next storm to come,” Chuck Scott, project manager for the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a statement.
“The goal is to get science data to the point where InSight can’t operate at all, instead of conserving electricity and operating the lander for no scientific benefit,” says Scott.
With InSight, scientists have recorded marsquakes using their seismometers. Before the mission, researchers weren’t sure if there would be ‘earthquakes’ on the Red Planet and, in fact, Months went by without anyone.
Four months after landing, the probe detected an earthquake and collected data on over 1,300 over these four years. Despite these figures, the NASA team assures that Mars does not have a tectonic plate. As is the case with Earth.
Seismic waves have helped scientists assess the planet’s interior and vibrations caused by collisions with meteorites.
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