The scientists finally determined the first steps towards ejecting a frustrating heated probe from Mars Insight.
NASA successfully set InSight's successor to Mars at the end of last year, on many fanfare. One of the main objectives of the mission was to bury a 10 to 15-foot probe under the surface of Mars in order to study the interior of the planet, but after just one leg or so, the probe could have attacked further; in the beginning, it seemed that a large rock blocked the road, but now the team doubted that something on the soil is stopping the investigation. It's been busy since February (there's no way to pull out and try a new location, unfortunately). The team is trying to find out what to do next.
Scientists working with the InSight planner hope to study the geology of Mars, how the earth moves and vibrates, and how the heat flows under its surface. From the outset, the InSight team knew that putting the heat test and physical characteristics of the package (HP3) would be a challenge. The tool digging component is fixed to the supporting structure with a cable filled with a sensor; it is basically a very long thermometer. It digs into the ground through a mechanism that is more like a hammer than an exercise.
Although we were originally reported that rocks can be guilty of a stand, scientists now think that soil quality differs from initial expectations. The Earth does not generate enough friction for the probe to dig deeper, according to the release of Jet Propulsion Lab.
InSight scientists will begin raising the support structure with the robotic arm of the bedrock, in order to get a better overview of the exercise. This will also allow them to test their first solution: pressing the ground to increase the friction felt by the exercise. The exercise can not be removed from the ground, according to NASA, and if the problem really is with the quality of the soil, the movement of the exercise will not correct anything in any case. The abolition of the robotic arm will begin later this month.
What's so long? Scientists wanted to ensure that their decision would not worsen matters for the investigation.
InSight still has a pair of other experiments, the Seismic Internal Structure Experiment (SEIS) located on the ground beside the iceberg and the experiment on rotation and internal structure (RISE), which is at the top of it. But the dangers are frustrating, especially when your experiment for years on making is on another planet, very far to fix it by hand.