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This is the last selfie NASA’s InSight Lander will ever take

May 24th, 2022

NASA’s Mars InSight Lander is counting down its final moments as dust continues to cover its solar panels. This week, the team behind InSight took the opportunity to capture one last InSight selfie. The resulting image is a stark contrast to the first or even second selfies that the lander took throughout its mission.

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NASA’s InSight Mars lander dumped dirt on itself on purpose

June 4th, 2021

On May 22nd, a stationary robot on Mars used its arm to scoop up some Martian sand. It then slowly dumped it onto itself, with the brisk Mars wind snatching the tiny grains and whipping them against the machine’s solar panels. The robot was NASA’s InSight Mars lander, and the sand dump wasn’t a mistake. …

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NASA’s Mars InSight lander may be in deep trouble

April 14th, 2021

Of all the missions that NASA has sent to Mars over the past decade, the InSight lander might be the one that has caused the most problems. The lander successfully touched down on Mars a couple of years back and it quickly became clear that something wasn’t working as intended when it deployed its self-hammering …

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NASA’s InSight lander sends back first photos from surface of Mars

November 27th, 2018

Yesterday was a big day for NASA. The InSight lander which launched early this year finally arrived at Mars and successfully landed on the planet’s surface, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was overjoyed that all their hard work and planning over the past 8+ years had ultimately paid off. Now, with the lander still getting …