Massive Mars dust storm threatens NASA’s InSight lander

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It’s dark days for NASA’s InSight mission.

NASA’s InSight lander touched down in November 2018 to study the Red Planet’s structure and seismic activity. But the lander relies on power gathered by its solar panels, and the notoriously dusty planet has dumped a thick layer of material on the panels, dramatically reducing the amount of power that the robot can generate. Scientists have acknowledged for months that the mission’s end was near, and now, a continent-size dust storm is darkening the Martian skies, further impacting power production.




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