June 5, 2023
view of a spacecraft filled with dust

Can we save the Martian robots from death by dust?

NASA’s Mars InSight lander slowly died of dust last week. For months and months, the robot, built to study tectonic activity on the Red Planet, has been running on less and less energy as its 25-square-foot (4.2 square meter) solar array has gradually disappeared under a thick blanket of dust. . On Wednesday (Dec. 21), NASA announced that it had not heard from the lander for days, officially declaring the mission dead.

Insightwhich landed in the flat, seemingly uninteresting basin of Elysium Planitiasouth of it Marsequator in November 2018, exceeded the expected duration of its mission by two years. However, many questioned whether anything could have been done to save the otherwise perfectly healthy robot, which was delivering cutting-edge science on inner life of Mars.

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