New Delhi: NASA’s Mars rover InSight is preparing to end its mission after exploring Mars for more than four years. Currently, the rover’s energy level has dropped to a non-functional level. InSight has sent the last message from the red planet and said it could be the last image from its side. In the message, he further stated that he was signing off from here and thanked him for keeping it up.
“My powers are so low this may be the last image I can send. Please don’t worry about me. My time here has been productive and calm.” If I could keep talking to the mission team, I would, but I’ll be signing off here soon.
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Here are 10 interesting facts about NASA’s Insight Rover.
- The Insight rover launched in an Atlas V-401 vehicle on May 5, 2018.
- It landed on Mars on November 26, 2018.
- InSight means internal exploration using seismic, geodesy and heat transport.
- It was designed to study the interior space of Mars.
- The lander will use state-of-the-art equipment to dig deep into the surface, looking for traces of the processes that formed the terrestrial planets.
- InSight has detected earthquakes for the first time on Mars.
- InSight has collected new information about the three main layers of Mars: crust, mantle and core. Scientists have found that the crust beneath InSight is somewhat thinner than expected. It is about 15 to 25 miles (25 to 40 kilometers) thick and consists of three inner layers.
- A seismometer onboard InSight detected a magnitude-4 earthquake in 2021, which scientists later determined was caused by a meteorite impact. This is one of the biggest meteor impacts on Mars since NASA began space exploration.
- InSight brought the first-ever magnetometer instrument to the surface of Mars, enabling it to detect magnetic signals. In the early history of Mars, currents flowed inside the molten metal core as the planet cooled rapidly.
- InSight collected the most comprehensive weather data of any mission sent to the surface of Mars. Its sensors have detected thousands of passing Dust Devils, but the rover’s cameras have yet to detect any of them.