Good Martian weather allows NASA’s energy-hungry InSight lander to live a little longer

The Martian weather gave the landings extra time to catch the swamps.

NASA agency InSight Landing Vehicle touched Mars in November 2018 with tools intended to help scientists see the depths of the Red Planet. InSight runs on sunlight and dust covers its solar panels, leaving the probe capable of generating a tenth of the energy it could harvest as a newcomer on Mars. Scientists expected that the probe would do just that running out of energy By the end of the summer, but InSight is still gaining scientific data and may continue to do so for several months to come — possibly until January.


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