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That Mars ‘mole’ is just not working, so NASA is giving up

January 20th, 2021

NASA’s InSight mission to Mars has returned a lot of valuable data, but one of its instruments has fallen well short of expectations. The self-hammering “mole” tool was supposed to burrow deep beneath the Martian surface, but it’s failed miserably. After months and months of trial and error, NASA is officially giving up on the …

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Marsquakes are nothing like earthquakes, and NASA is surprised

December 17th, 2020

NASA’s Mars InSight lander has provided NASA with some interesting insights into the workings of the Red Planet. One of the most surprising things is that marsquakes act much differently than earthquakes, and scientists have no idea why that is.  Mars is also very noisy, at least from a geological perspective, with lots of rumbles …

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Another glitch plagues NASA’s InSight lander

August 25th, 2020

NASA’s Mars InSight lander had been providing weather updates from the surface of the Red Planet, but that has abruptly stopped. An unspecified glitch has caused the lander’s weather sensor system to go into safe mode, and NASA is still trying to figure out why. The system may spring back to life with a reboot, …

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Did NASA finally save its Mars mole?

August 10th, 2020

NASA’s InSight lander has been having issues with its “mole” probe for months now. The mole is designed to dig itself deep beneath the Martian surface and return temperature data, but it hasn’t been able to get a grip on the loose soil.  New efforts from the InSight team have resulted in promising developments that …

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NASA’s Mars ‘mole’ saga is getting sadder and sadder

July 7th, 2020

NASA’s InSight lander has a self-hammering probe that isn’t doing what it’s supposed to. The instrument, nicknamed “the mole,” can’t seem to get a grip on the soft martian soil, hindering its ability to dig to the depth it needs to collect useful data. NASA is continuing to work on getting the mole to work …

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NASA fixed its Mars mole problem in the most unusual way

March 15th, 2020

NASA’s InSight lander might have finally fixed its mole problem.  A new strategy to push the mole probe into the surface appears to be working, NASA teased in a tweet.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. NASA’s InSight lander has performed a lot of great work since its arrival on the Red Planet many months …


Mars loves to shake its booty, NASA confirms

February 25th, 2020

NASA sent the InSight robot to Mars with a number of objectives in mind. Since its time on the planet, the robot has become the first Martian weatherman and done its best to jam its probe into a Mars hole that just isn’t cooperating. It’s also been listening intently to the inner workings of the …

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NASA is desperately trying to get its Mars mole digging again

February 23rd, 2020

NASA’s InSight mission to Mars has been successful on a number of fronts, but there’s no denying that there’s been one very big disappointment: the mole. A self-burying instrument designed to hammer itself up to 16 feet into the surface of Mars has repeatedly fallen well short of this goal. In fact, at the moment …

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NASA is losing its patience with its misbehaving Mars mole

November 30th, 2019

NASA’s InSight lander is really starting to give scientists a headache. Most of the lander’s high-tech sensors and systems are working just fine, and it’s already returned some interesting data on rumbles that researchers suspect are “Marsquakes,” but one instrument, in particular, is failing to meet expectations. The self-hammering “mole” probe which was supposed to …