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Dec 26, 2022

InSight NASA, Which is About To Sink Into Mars in The Next Year Due To Dust Storms From The Planet Mars

 

 InSight NASA's goals are to deploy a seismometer called the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) to measure earthquakes on the surface of Mars and provide accurate 3D models of the planet's interior. To study the early geological evolution of Mars, we used a heat wave called HP 3 to measure internal heat transfer.

The lander was originally scheduled for launch in March 2016, but problems with its internal equipment delayed the launch. NASA officials postponed InSight's launch to May 2018 and repaired the instrument while they waited. This increased the total cost from US$675 million to US$830 million.

NASA's InSight Mars takes a look at one of its dusty solar panels on April 24. Filmed in 2022.

NASA's InSight mission, which is expected to end in the near future, has seen the power output from its solar panels drop as a continent-sized dust storm hits the southern side of Mars.

The mission is carefully monitoring the lander's power levels as dust settles on its solar arrays. On Monday, October 3, the storm grew stronger and the dust density in the Martian atmosphere increased by nearly 40 percent around InSight. As less sunlight reaches the planet's panels, its energy output drops from 425 watt-hours per Martian day to 275 watt-hours.

InSight's seismometer operates about 24 hours every other Martian day. But the decline in solar power means there isn't enough energy left to fully charge every battery. At current rates, the ground will only be operational for several weeks. Therefore, to save energy The mission will shut down InSight's seismology over the next two weeks.

Project Manager of InSight at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

"Based on estimates of how much dust will settle on its solar panels when it's powered up, InSight's mission is expected to end sometime between late October this year and January 2023," said Chuck Scott.

Martian dust storms can produce winds as strong as 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) as portrayed in Hollywood, but the Martian atmosphere is so rich in dust that the high-altitude dust settles slowly, sometimes over weeks.

In addition to monitoring storms for the safety of NASA missions on the Martian surface, MRO has spent 17 years collecting invaluable data about how these storms form. “We are able to capture the patterns of these storms.

I'm trying That way they can better predict when it's going to happen,” Zurek said. "Our observation of the Martian atmosphere has been greatly aided by InSight Mars..."

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