NASA’s InSight Rover Prepares for Final Transmission Written 20 December 2022


InSight Lander | NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Guardian (UK) reports that NASA’s InSight lander “has delivered what could be its final message from Mars, where it has been on a history-making mission to reveal the secrets of the Red Planet’s interior.” In November, the space agency “warned the lander’s time may [be coming] to an end as dust continued to thicken and choke out the InSight’s power.” A message shared on the NASA InSight Twitter account on Monday read: “My power’s really low, so this may be the last image I can send. Don’t worry about me though: my time here has been both productive and serene. If I can keep talking to my mission team, I will – but I’ll be signing off here soon. Thanks for staying with me.” The robotic geologist, “armed with a hammer and quake monitor, first touched down on the barren expanse of Elysium Planitia in November 2018.”
Full Story (The Guardian – UK)