NASA’s InSight Rover Downed by Dust #SpaceSaturday
After more than three years on Mars, NASA’s InSight mission may come to an end. Here’s more from MOTHERBOARD:
Just weeks after the lander’s seismometer recorded a magnitude 5 “marsquake”—the biggest earthquake ever detected on another planet—mission operators announced that dust buildup on the mission’s solar panels is slowly starving InSight of power. Unless the lander is graced by a fortuitous dust devil that blows some of the crud off the panels, InSight will end its science operations this summer and will be officially dead by the end of the year.
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