Mars InSight lander mission ends, says NASA. This is why
A rendering of the robotic InSight lander. Source: Adrian Mann/Future Publishing via Getty Images
that of NASA InSight landing mission on Mars has come to an end after years of science and research, the agency said Wednesday.
Why it matters: Spent the NASA mission more than four years collecting data and science unique to Earth’s neighboring red planet.
Details: NASA said the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California failed to make contact with the lander after two attempts, leading them to believe the lander had run out of energy and is now a “dead bus”.
- NASA previously said it would announce the InSight mission if the lander failed to communicate back after two attempts.
Context: InSight — which stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport — appeared to “study the deep interior of Mars,” NASA said.
- Collected data from InSight showed details about the planet’s interior, weather patterns and some information about earthquake activity, NASA said.
What they say: “We broke new ground and our science team can be proud of everything we learned along the way,” Philippe Lognonné, the principal investigator of InSight’s seismometer, said in a statement. statement.
The big picture: The InSight lander has helped scientists understand Mars’ crust and possibly how the planet’s atmosphere formed. Miriam Kramer of Axios writes.
- The lander detected 1,319 marsquakes during its run, which began in 2018.
- Two months ago, the robotic lander felt shock waves of a meteor impact on the red planet.
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