NASA InSight’s “Mole” Starts Drilling Again on Mars, as a Marsquake Puzzles the Researchers

The restless “mole” on NASA InSight lander is working again, according to the latest news. Scientists developing the robot’s seismometer encountered, however, something quite odd. InSight started in November 2018 a mission to find out more information about Mars.

NASA InSight’s “Mole” Starts Drilling Again on Mars

Two of its essential items for that project were a burrowing heat probe dubbed the mole and a very sensitive seismometer to analyze motion within the Red Planet. Shortly after the spacecraft group, though, put the mole to start digging, something went wrong, and researchers and engineers affiliated with the project have been strategizing methods to get the instrument working ever since.

The research team captured the incident from every possible angle and reflected the likelihood of hidden rocks. Also, they examined the soil properties and simulated the situation with a model instrument on Earth. Somewhere in October, the mole jumped out of Mars, as if it had only had enough from that situation.

Recently, the InSight group tried conducting the lander’s arm to squeeze sideways on the mole slowly. On November 21, however, NASA stated that the method had successfully permitted the probe to dig itself almost 1,25 inches. Also, on December 16, the space agency detailed that the mole was moving on to burrow precisely.

The Marsquake Situation

Later this month, the team of researchers announced that important marsquakes identified on May 22 and July 25 originated in a tectonic structure named Cerberus Fossae. Such a fact made the place “the first active seismic zone ever discovered on Mars,” according to a report published to the instrument’s Twitter.

However, researchers operating the devices are waiting to spread more information about the finding until study papers on the subject are published. A NASA statement reads, “The @NASAInSight seismometer has discovered a strange, continuous signal at 2,4Hz, apparently not related to the lander or weather activity, but excited by a lot of #MarsQuake. Mars is full of mysteries.”

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