- NASA’s InSight lander mole is digging into the surface of Mars once more, but progress is slow and complicated.
- The mole is designed to dig as deep as 16 feet, but it has repeatedly failed to make progress.
- With the robotic lander pushing on the probe, it is slowly catching a grip.
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A NASA instrument that has repeatedly failed to accomplish the task it was designed to do may finally be working. The self-hammering “mole” probe attached to the InSight lander on Mars has spent over a year trying and failing to dig into the planet. Now, as SpaceNews reports, it is making progress. Slow progress, but progress nonetheless.
If you haven’t been following the sad, strange saga of the “mole” that is part of NASA’s InSight Mars lander, let me get you up to speed: InSight landed on Mars back in early 2019 and it wasn’t long before the probe (just one of the lander’s many instruments) started to show signs of trouble.
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NASA’s Mars ‘mole’ is finally digging again, but just barely originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 7 May 2020 at 23:13:11 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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