Mars is a planet. He has no feelings or intentions, but it is difficult not to embody him when he seems to be fighting our attempts to examine him.
NASA Chancellor InSight is racing to send a heat probe below the planet's surface. Just when he seemed to be making progress, Mars rejected him.
The InSight team tweeted a GIF on Sunday showing a probe for heat and physical properties (HP3) popping back from the soil of Mars from where it had partially buried. HP3 is better known by its alias "mall".
"Mars continues to surprise us," writes the NASA InSight team. "While digging this weekend, the mole backed away from the ground." NASA said the preliminary assessment suggested that "unexpected soil properties" were to blame for this strange behavior.
The probe had to drill a path to a depth of 5 feet (5 meters) to absorb the temperature of Mars inside. All of this is part of the mission's mission to explore how rock planets (such as Mars and Earth) are formed.
The mole stuck shortly after its initial deployment in February. The recentseem to have worked to this last failure.
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) designs the heat probe. NASA Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbbuchen took to Twitter to say that engineers are now analyzing data to try to understand what happened. We expect to know more sometime this week.
"One possibility has been observed when testing the Earth is that soil can fall at the top of a bank as it recovers, gradually filling the hole in front of it until the mole recedes, " the InSight team stated in a subsequent tweet .
It will be disappointing if the mole fails, but the rest of InSight's work goes to gangsters. The ground that touched in November 2018, took selfiesclimbed on and even This is an impressive list of accomplishments for a young mission.