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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 …

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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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It worked! NASA’s plan to get its InSight tool digging again pays off

October 18th, 2019

NASA’s InSight lander is doing some great work on Mars. It’s been listening closely for rumblings from inside the planet and even provides timely weather reports back to Earth. It’s great… but it could be even greater. Shortly after deploying its instruments it quickly became clear that one of the tools just wasn’t performing as …

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NASA has a new plan for getting the InSight lander digging again

June 5th, 2019

NASA’s InSight lander is having some problems. The robot, which has already delivered some very interesting observations since arriving on Mars late last year, can’t seem to get one of its most important tools to work as planned. The instrument, called a “mole,” was designed to hammer itself deep under the Martian surface and monitor …