Homehttps://server7.kproxy.com/servlet/redirect.srv/sruj/smyrwpoii/p2/Sciencehttps://server7.kproxy.com/servlet/redirect.srv/sruj/smyrwpoii/p2/The self-confidence of the NASA Mars probe may not seem to actually be digging into the ground
The self-confidence of the NASA Mars probe may not seem to actually be digging into the ground
NASA's newest Mars lander has problems with one of its main tools – a self-striking probe that just can't seem to bump into interplanetary dirt. Over the weekend, the probe was trying to dig into Martian soil when it unexpectedly popped out of the ground. Now NASA engineers are trying to troubleshoot to see if they can get this tool to explode beneath the surface of Mars for its intended purpose.
The probe belongs to the NASA InSight lander – a small-car-sized robot that landed on Mars in November of 2018. The purpose of InSight is to understand what the interiors of Mars are made of, and the lander has two main tools that used to "look inside" the planet. Its main instrument is a seismometer tuned to listen for earthquakes or vibrations in the Earth's crust. These earthquakes act a little like ultrasounds; the waves pass through the core of the planet, carrying details of what kinds of material are trapped inside. So far, InSight's seismometer has detected about 1
00 vibrations, 21 of which are suspected to be earthquakes.