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NASA insight lander will push the stuck Martian mole

via:cnBeta.COM     time:2020/2/22 11:06:37     readed:51

According to foreign media CNET, NASA's insight lander is a picture of perseverance. The lander deployed a hot probe called "mole" in early 2019, whose mission is to go deep into Mars to get the planet's temperature. But the task did not go well.NASA is now trying a new way to move a stuck mole.


Thermal probes have a history of bouncing back from Martian soil, rather than hammering down as expected. The unexpected soil composition of this part of Mars seems to be causing trouble. "The dust particles are not as loose and as sticky as expected," NASA said in a press release Friday

Through a GIF image posted on Twitter, the Insight team showed the landing gear robotic arm trying to touch the top position of the "mole," calling it" trying to try what we never thought we would do."

NASA has been avoiding pushing to protect the tether that connects the mole to the lander. "With a few options, the team has decided to try to help the mole dig by pressing carefully on its back cover while trying to avoid tethers," the agency said

It may take weeks to test this new operation. NASA is also considering using the shovel on the lander to fill the soil around the hot probe, but this movement will depend on the effect of the thrust method.

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