NASA’s Mars ‘mole’ is finally digging again, but just barely

nasa insight mole

  • 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.
  • Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories.

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.

Continue reading…

Today’s Top Deals

  1. Everyone’s swarming Amazon for these coronavirus face masks
  2. Today’s best deals: 78¢ face masks, $ 5 Alexa smart plugs, hand sanitizer, AirPods Pro, Echo Show 8, Roomba 960, more
  3. This special Amazon page is full of coronavirus face masks in stock now

Trending Right Now:

  1. 6 new coronavirus hotspots you wouldn’t expect have appeared in the US
  2. A man let a murder hornet sting him on purpose and the video is insane
  3. New policy could extend $ 600 a week unemployment benefit indefinitely

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.


BGR

BEST DEAL UPDATE: