NASA's billion dollar InSight robot is trying to penetrate the surface of Mars and is just popping up and down on the ground.
- NASA InSight has penetrated only 14 inches of the Martian surface At least 2 meters to investigate how heat escapes from the interior.
- The heat probe can not remain stable when digging and jumps around.
- The rover used a shovel but can not use the full power of his arm.
NASA's InSight Rover has provided the US Space Agency with weather forecasts, images and other interesting insights about Mars – but it had trouble keeping its To examine the surface.
] In nearly eight months, the Land Rover has pierced only 14 inches of the surface of the red planet, though it has been engineered to reach at least 16 feet to investigate how heat escapes from within.
This error has occurred InSights' mole-probe is unable to stay in the ground – NASA believes the unit just jumps in place.
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In nearly eight months, the Land Rover has pierced only 30 cm of the surface of the red planet, although it has been designed to reach feet at least 30 cm to investigate how heat escapes from the interior
InSight, The $ 1 billion NASA rover landed on Mars in November 2018 after traveling the globe for seven months.
And although he was a major actor on Mars mission, it failed to explore the interior of the planet.
However, NASA believes that it has discovered why the self-hammering probe does not work well and that there is a plan.
& # 39; We will try to press the button Sue Smrekar, Deputy Investigator of InSight at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA in Pasadena, California, told CNN:
This error is due to the fact that InSight's mole & gt; heat probe is unable to keep its footing in the ground. NASA expects the device to bounce off its seat.
The team also found that the location where InSight is currently digging is not comparable to that of the mission because it is glued together and much thicker.
"Everything we know about the ground is what we can see in pictures InSight sends us," said Tilman Spohn, principal investigator for the experiment. "Since we can not bring the ground to the mole, we may be able to bring the mole to the ground by putting it in the hole."
In recent months, the team used a shovel (pictured) on the robotic arm to push and hit the ground in the hope that it would collapse. However, the arm can not use its full power
INSIGHTS THREE KEY INSTRUMENTS
The Lander Who Reveals How the Earth Was Created
Three key instruments allow the InSight Lander to capture the pulse of the red planet:
Seismometer : The InSight Lander has a Seismometer SEIS that hears the pulse of Mars.
The seismometer captures the waves that travel through the inner structure of a planet.
The study of seismic waves tells us what the waves could produce.
On Mars, scientists suspect that the perpetrators may be Marsquakes or meteorites beating the surface.
Heat Probe: InSight's HP3 heat flow sensor digs deeper than any other blades, drills, or probes on Mars.
It is investigated how much heat still flows from Mars.
Radio Antennas: Like Earth, Mars wobbles a bit as it turns around its axis.
To investigate, two radio antennas that are part of the RISE instrument closely track the lander's position.
This helps scientists to test the planet's reflections and explains how the deep internal structure affects the planet's motion around the sun.
InSight has used a bullet on his robot arm of recent months, hoping to move more ground, but the arm is unable to use its full power with the attachment.
In recent months, the team used a shovel on the robotic arm to push and hit the ground in the hope that it would collapse the ground. But the arm can not use its full power to push.
"We ask the arm to beat out over its weight," said Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, chief weapons engineer at JPL.
The arm can not push the ground the way a person can.
& # 39; That would be easier if it could, but that's just not the arm we have. & # 39;