NASA’s $800 million Insight Mars Lander is in Crisis. InSight, which landed in a Martian plain called Elysium Planitia in 2018, has detected more than 500 Marsquakes, felt more than 10,000 dust levels pass by, and started to measure the planet’s core. It is extraordinary to perceive such an energy crisis, as it is getting overexaggerated momentarily.
But over the past few months, InSight has been fighting for life as Red Planet’s conditions turn to threaten the scuff out of the robot. Unlike other scenarios where NASA has sent its rovers and landers to the red planet, this seems to come out of the blue. These gush of winds called clearing events are needed to blow the red Martian dust off the solar panels of NASA’s Robots.
InSight has gone past through halfway of its exceeded hibernation mode, and the Mars Lander is in an improved position. Although the risk of a potentially fatal power failure is ever-present, the Mars Lander’s batteries don’t die for sustained periods during the hibernation process.