The robotic arm of NASA's InSight probe, which aims to pierce the ground of Mars, has encountered a new obstacle and has partially left the hole it drilled, the US space agency said.
Also known as 'the mole', the drilling tool of the InSight probe receded halfway through the hole. The incident happened last weekend, and preliminary assessments point to unusual conditions on the ground of the red planet.
The robotic arm of NASA's InSight probe, which aims to drill the ground of Mars, has encountered a new obstacle and has partially left the hole it drilled pic.twitter.com/7UXIeDZUpkRELATED
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The team in charge of the drilling rig is developing the next steps to bury it again. "Mars continues to surprise us", wrote
The drilling instrument aims to penetrate 5 meters into the Martian soil to measure the internal temperature of that planet. The excavation began last February, but immediately ran into some problems and had to stop. The mission resumed earlier this month, and in total 'the mole' has hammered 220 times on three different occasions, but has failed to dig more than 35 centimeters.
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