In the year 2018, the US space agency NASA launched the Insight lander for Mars. Recently, we told you that this Mars mission of NASA has suffered a setback. His InSight lander is on the verge of ruin. The lander is losing its power due to accumulated dust and may not be able to service after July. However, the InSight lander has taken its latest selfie, in which it appears to be covered with a thick layer of dust. It is believed that this will be the last selfie of the InSight lander.
on May 23 release In this image taken, the InSight lander can be seen covered with dust. In the past, NASA had told that the solar-powered InSight lander is now able to generate very little electricity. Initially, the lander used to power the electric oven for one hour and 40 minutes. Now this time has come down to 10 minutes.
Since landing on Mars in 2018, the InSight lander has recorded more than 1,300 earthquakes there. Recently it recorded the largest ever earthquake on Mars, which measured 5 magnitude. This will be NASA’s second Mars lander, which has been lost in the dust and may soon be ruined.
The space agency also said that it will continue to use the spacecraft’s seismometer until its power goes out in July. NASA has said that flight controllers will monitor InSight until the end of this year before shutting everything down. In such a situation, it should be assumed that the InSight lander will not be able to provide service for this whole year. Altogether this mission lasted for about three years, it can be said.
There is no dust cleaning system in the InSight lander. The lander relied on strong winds to clear the dust that had accumulated on itself. Last year, engineers tried to remove sand from the panels by drizzling.
However, with its last selfie, the InSight lander is ready to say goodbye to its world. The device may stop working by summer. NASA is impressed with this mission. Recently, he had said in a press conference that the InSight lander exceeded our expectations on Mars.