An innovative Mars lander may have sent home one last haunting image. It's almost time to say goodbye to another Martian friend. Many missions to the Red Planet have finally gone
Some after several successful years of data collection and others after a brief fireball free fall.
Some after several successful years of data collection and others after a brief fireball free fall. We'll soon add another Mars rover to that growing list: InSight may have sent it
This image is similar to hundreds of other embodiments the probe has been sending back to Earth over the past four years. In the center of the image is the ship's seismometer
which is focused on collecting data on marsquakes and whose data has been used in dozens of articles.
However, in this image, it is covered in the fine red dust that covers everything on the Red Planet. Here is a photo taken on November 6, 2022
That dust also covers InSight's power source. Their solar panels are collectively more shielded and thus can provide less and less power to the lander.
Unfortunately, InSight also had the good or bad luck of being located in a region of calm, ordinary dust storms on Mars.
While it can be challenging to handle the devices themselves when they're happening, dust eddies also clean dust-covered solar panels.