Why NASA’s InSight Mission Can’t Scratch Mars’ Surface
It's been a year since NASA's InSight Lander landed on Mars, but one of its major instruments is having trouble cracking the Martian surface. So what's going on?
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» Watch more Elements! http://bit.ly/ElementsPlaylist One year into its 2-year mission, a heat probe attached to a self-burrowing mechanical mole on NASA's InSight spacecraft is not where it is supposed to be. The probe, designed to go as deep as 5 meters down into the soil on Mars, has barely scratched the surface, getting stuck only about 0.3 meters down before recently popping back out, leaving scientists troubleshooting on how to get the probe deeper into the Martian soil. The engineers who designed the instrument at the German Aerospace Center had planned a sort of whack-a-mole approach when it came to burying the thermometer, but the soil ended up providing too little friction to keep the digger in place. And so, after trying a few other approaches (like pinning the mole against the side of its burrow with the lander’s arm), the team is back to the drawing board. Find out more about how the NASA InSight mission is going overall, and how engineers plan to tackle this Martian mole hiccup on the Red Planet on this episode of Elements. #NASA #Mars #InSight #Seeker #Elements #Science NASA Just Launched a Mission to Mars to Dig Deep Inside the Planet’s Core
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"The mole is part of the instrument called the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package, or HP3, and was designed to be housed within HP3's support structure." The 'Mole' on NASA's InSight Mars Lander Just Popped Out Of Its Hole (and That's Not Good)
"A metal mole's up-and-down saga on Mars has taken yet another turn."
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What's wrong with InSight's Experiment? InSight Mission Update
What is wrong with InSight's HP3 Experiment? Can NASA salvage the instrument? In this video, we look at an update to the InSight Lander that is currently on the surface of Mars. NASA InSight Mars Lander has the main purpose to study the interior structure of Mars, what it is made up of, and how it might have evolved over time. In this video, we focus more on the HP3 Problem or the Heat Flow Probe that is onboard the Mission. This experiment was supposed to dig into the Martian soil and record temperature variations at different depths. Back in May, the InSight team announced that the probe had gotten stuck just as it was about to get below the surface. Over the last six months, the team has tried various methods of salvaging this experiment. In the video, I step through the different methods, talk about what the challenges are, and how they have tried to overcome them. Hope NASA can save this experiment on Mars! InSight NASA Page: https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/
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NASA's Mars Insight 'Mole' is Stuck - Fixes Proposed
NASA's Mars Insight probe's 'mole' instrument, which is a a self-hammering spike to dig into the Martian surface, had some issues following deployment. NASA is working on solutions to the problem. Related: InSight Team Gets Look at Stuck 'Mole' on Mars https://www.space.com/stuck-insight-mole-emerges-from-mars-soil.html Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Listen to NASA's InSight at Work on Mars
NASA's InSight lander placed a seismometer on the Martian surface to study marsquakes. While it's found many, it has also detected other kinds of seismic signals, including some produced by the spacecraft itself. That includes wind gusts, InSight's robotic arm moving around and "dinks and donks," friction caused by parts inside the seismometer moving against each other as the temperature changes. Put on your headphones and you can hear sonifications of this seismic "noise" recorded on March 6, 2019, the 98th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. Around 2 p.m. local Mars time, the spacecraft's arm was moving and snapping pictures with its cameras, surveying InSight’s “workspace.” This audio would be too faint for the human ear to heart it on Mars. It's been sped up by 10 times and processed so you can hear the kinds of signals InSight sends back for its scientists to study.
Robert Downey Jr. Announces NASA's 'Rolling Stones Rock'
Before The Rolling Stones took the stage at the Rose Bowl Stadium for a concert on Aug. 22, 2019, actor Robert Downey Jr. announced to the crowd that a rock on Mars had been named for the band by NASA's Mars InSight lander team.
InSight’s retrorockets sent "Rolling Stones Rock" rolling about 3 feet (1 meter) as the spacecraft touched down on Mars on Nov. 26, 2018. It's the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll after landing a spacecraft on another planet. A little larger than a golf ball, the rock is about 2.2 inches (5.5 centimeters) in diameter and 1 inch (2.4 centimeters) in height. A series of divots marked its course after being set in motion by the landing. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a division of Caltech, manages InSight for NASA. JPL is located about three miles away from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
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NASA Names “Rolling Stones Rock” on Mars
The team behind NASA's InSight lander has informally named a rock on Mars “Rolling Stones Rock” after the band.
A little larger than a golf ball, the rock appeared to have rolled about 3 feet (1 meter) on Nov. 26, 2018, propelled by InSight's retrorockets as the spacecraft touched down to study the Red Planet's deep interior. In images taken by InSight the next day, several divots in the orange-red soil can be seen trailing "Rolling Stones Rock." It's the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll while landing a spacecraft on another planet. For more about the mission, visit https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/ Video Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Fifty years after Apollo 11 astronauts deployed the first seismometer on the surface of the Moon, NASA InSight’s seismic experiment transmits data giving researchers the opportunity to compare marsquakes to moon and earthquakes. Seismologists operating the Marsquake Service at ETH Zurich literally rocked and rolled as they experienced, for the first time, two 'marsquakes' in the university’s quake simulator. Researchers uploaded actual data from marsquakes detected on Martian solar day or Sol 128 and 173.The marsquakes were detected by the SEIS seismometer, whose highly sensitive electronics were delivered by the Aerospace Electronics and Instruments laboratory at ETH.
NASA InSight: A Plan to Get the Mole Moving Again
NASA InSight scientist/engineer Troy Hudson gives us the game plan for getting the mission's heat probe, also known as the "mole," digging again on Mars. For more about the mission, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/insight and https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/
NASA's InSight Lander May Have Detected First Marsquake
According to a report by Gizmodo, NASA's InSight lander may have detected its first marsquake using its ultra-sensitive seismometer. In December of 2018 Insight successfully deployed its Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure instrument, followed by the deployment of its protective dome in February. NASA reportedly said that it is still analyzing data from an April 6th, 2019 event that, if confirmed, may be the first geologically induced tremor ever detected on another planet. SEIS team lead Philippe Lognonné in the press release, “We’ve been waiting months for a signal like this. It’s so exciting to finally have proof that Mars is still seismically active. We’re looking forward to sharing detailed results once we’ve had a chance to analyze them.”
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The RISE Experiment on NASA's InSight Lander
In this video, we discuss the Radio Science Experiment on board the NASA InSight Mission. This probe, also known as RISE and will be recording how exactly the planet Mars wobbles in its orbit around the Sun. This motion can help InSight understand how much of Mars' inner core is liquid. Learn more about the InSight Lander
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NASA captures sound of Martian wind
NASA's InSight space probe has sent back the first sounds ever heard from the surface of Mars. "CBS This Morning" has details.
Mars' 'Really Unworldly' Wind Recorded For First Time
HuffPost reports that NASA’s new Mars lander has captured the first sounds of the “really unworldly” Martian wind.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena released audio clips of the alien wind Friday. The low-frequency rumblings were collected by the InSight lander. The lander collected the sounds during its first week of operations at Mars.
The wind is estimated to be blowing 10 mph to 15 mph. according to the researchers, these are the first sounds from Mars that are detectable by human ears.
Thomas Pike of Imperial College London said the rumbling is “rather different to anything that we’ve experienced on Earth, and I think it just gives us another way of thinking about how far away we are getting these signals.”
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InSight Mission Lands Safely on Mars on This Week @NASA – November 30, 2018
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NASA's InSight Landing Simulation
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Oxford Physics threw a landing party for members of the public and the Physics Department to share with the Oxford InSIght team the moment that the robot successfully landed on Mars. I took myself and my video camera and filmed those super tense moments and caught up with a couple of the scientists after the successful landing. Sadly, no videos were taken when we all decompressed in the pub afterwards! NASA's InSight probe will monitor the geological activity on Mars with a seismometer and a heat probe to help detect Marsquakes and determine the internal structure of Mars. (This was all recorded on my handycam so the video isn't the best quality. Also my little microphone tried its best but there is a lot of background noise in this video, sorry!) Rock song about Marsquakes: https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/marsquakes If you enjoyed this video don't forget to subscribe and click the little bell icon to be notified when I post a new video! I also present videos on Sixty Symbols: https://www.youtube.com/user/sixtysymbols
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All eyes on Mars as NASA lander touched down
NASA celebrates Mars landing with an epic handshake. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the touchdown that inspired lots of touching. #CNN #News
NASA Recaps InSight Mars Landing
Original air date: November 26, 2018 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET, 2100 UTC) Mars has just received its newest robotic resident. NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile (458-million-kilometer) journey from Earth. This is the post landing news briefing at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Speakers include: Jim Bridenstine - NASA Administrator, NASA Headquarters
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Tom Hoffman - InSight Project Manager, NASA JPL
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NASA InSight's Self-Hammering Nail
When InSight lands on Mars, it will deploy a self-hammering nail that was tested by Caltech granular materials experts and JPL Engineers.
CubeSats sent word of InSight landing on Mars
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Mission Control Live: NASA InSight Mars Landing (360 video)
Original air date: November 26, 2018 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET) See a 360-view from inside mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as signals return from the InSight mission as it lands on Mars. This includes a picture-in-picture view of landing commentary, including interviews with team members. Important note: Not all browsers support viewing 360 videos/images. YouTube supports uploading and playback of 360 degree videos/images on computers using Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera browsers. If your browser does not support 360, a 2-D view of this same landing commentary will be available at https://nasa.gov/live
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NASA's InSight probe lands on Mars
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Mission Control Live: NASA InSight Mars Landing
Original air date: November 26, 2018 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET) See inside mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as signals return from the InSight mission as it lands on Mars. Landing commentary includes interviews with team members. https://mars.nasa.gov/insight
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Entry, Descent and Landing Engineer Previews NASA InSight on Mars
NASA Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) Systems Engineer Julie Wertz Chen talks with Space.com's Tariq Malik about the InSight mission the day before it is scheduled to land on Mars. -- 'Mars Is Hard': Tension Rises for NASA's InSight Landing on Red Planet: https://www.space.com/42529-insight-mars-landing-nasa-tension-high.html
InSight’s Mars Landing Preview with NASA’s Chief Scientist
NASA Chief Scientist Jim Green talks with Space.com’s Tariq Malik about the InSight mission the day before it is scheduled to land on Mars. -- 'Mars Is Hard': Tension Rises for NASA's InSight Landing on Red Planet: https://www.space.com/42529-insight-mars-landing-nasa-tension-high.html
One Day from Mars Landing: InSight Team Q&A (NASA Social)
Original air date: November 25, 2018 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET) Commentary begins at 9:46 NASA's Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) spacecraft is on track for a soft touchdown on the surface of the Red Planet on Nov. 26. NASA Social attendees and media ask questions from the audience and on social via #AskNASA. Briefing participants include: Moderator
Stephanie L. Smith, NASA-JPL Social Media Team
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NASA Previews InSight Mars Landing
Original air date: November 25, 2018 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET) NASA discusses landing the first-ever mission to study the heart of Mars. InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) will be the topic of this media briefing, which looks forward to the lander’s Nov. 26 arrival at the Red Planet. InSight will study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all rocky planets, including Earth and its Moon, formed. The lander’s instruments include a seismometer to detect marsquakes and a probe to monitor the flow of heat in the planet's subsurface.
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What is Mars made of? - BBC News
Nasa's Mars InSight lander is due to arrive on the Red Planet's surface on Monday night. It's going to use seismometers to study the planet's interior so we can learn more about how it formed and why it's so different from Earth. Video journalist: Laura Foster Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog
How Will NASA's InSight Spacecraft Land on Mars?
When NASA’s InSight descends to the Red Planet on Nov. 26, 2018, it's guaranteed to be a white-knuckle event. Rob Manning, chief engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, explains the critical steps that must happen in perfect sequence to get the robotic lander safely to the surface. Download this video: https://images.nasa.gov/details-JPL-20181031-INSIGHf-0001-InSight%20Landing%20on%20Mars.html
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NASA counts down to landing of Martian quake-sensor, InSight
NASA is counting down to a nail-biting touchdown Monday, November 26, of the $993 million Mars InSight, the first spacecraft to listen for quakes and study the inner workings of another rocky planet. Full story: https://www.rappler.com/science-nature/earth-space/217421-nasa-counts-down-to-landing-of-martian-quake-sensor-insight
Landing Site Selected for Mars 2020 Mission on This Week @NASA – November 23, 2018
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NASA's InSight mission will drill deeper into Mars than ever before | Watch This Space
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InSight: Safely Landing on Mars
Rob Maddock and his team are responsible for understanding how NASA's InSight lander will perform through the Mars atmosphere from entry to touchdown (a.k.a the nail-biting "six or seven minutes of terror"). InSight is set to land on the Red Planet at 2:54pm on Nov. 26, 2018.
InSight: Communicating from Mars
How does NASA get information from Mars back to Earth? InSight entry, descent and landing communications engineer Daniel Litton has the answer. InSight is set to land on the Red Planet at 2:54pm on Nov. 26, 2018.
NASA InSight: The Science and Engineering of a Mars Lander
Original Air Date: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 PART 1: Engineering Briefing Prior to landing on the Red Planet NASA discusses the engineering that went into the InSight lander. Launched on May 5, InSight marks NASA's first Mars landing since the Curiosity rover in 2012. The landing will kick off a two-year mission in which InSight will become the first spacecraft to study Mars' deep interior. Its data also will help scientists understand the formation of all rocky worlds, including our own. InSight is being followed to Mars by two miniature NASA spacecraft, jointly called Mars Cube One (MarCO), the first deep-space mission for CubeSats. If MarCO makes its planned Mars flyby, it will attempt to relay data from InSight as it enters the planet's atmosphere and lands. InSight and MarCO flight controllers will monitor the spacecraft's entry, descent and landing from Mission Control at JPL.
Speakers include: - Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator
- Tom Hoffman, InSight project manager at JPL
- Stu Spath, InSight Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Science
- Rob Grover, Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) Phase Lead for InSight, NASA-JPL
- Anne Marinan, MarCO-B Mission Manager, NASA-JPL PART 2: Science Overview Speakers include: Lori Glaze, Acting Director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters
Bruce Banerdt, InSight Principal Investigator, NASA-JPL
Sue Smrekar, InSight Deputy Principal Investigator, NASA-JPL
Philippe Laudet, SEIS (Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure) Project Manager, CNES (French
Tilman Spohn, HP 3 (Heat Flow and Physical Properties Probe) Principal Investigator, DLR
(German Aerospace Agency)
Why NASA Is Sending An $850 Million Hammer To Mars
NASA is sending an $850 million lander to Mars. Using a drill to dig deeper into the planet than ever before, Insight will be the first of its kind to study Mars’ interior. This mission will help us learn more about the origins of our solar system. ------------------------------------------------------ #NASA #Mars #ScienceInsider Following is the transcript of the video: NASA's about to break new ground like never before, by sending a giant drill to Mars. It's the largest drill NASA has ever sent to space, and it will dig deeper into Mars than ever before. The mission? Uncover clues to one of the most outstanding mysteries in our solar system. NASA's $850 million InSight Lander is the first designed to study the interior structure of Mars. Until now, NASA's landers mainly focused on exploring Mars' surface for signs of potential life. They've touched down near volcanoes, valleys, and canyons. But InSight won't be going anywhere like that, since InSight is not a rover and can't move around. NASA has one shot to land it in the perfect spot, here! Elysium Planitia, sometimes referred to as the biggest parking lot on Mars. It's one of the plainest spots NASA could find and the perfect place for InSight. For one, it's close to the equator, guaranteeing the solar panels that power InSight's instruments will work year-round for its nearly two-year mission. But most importantly, that smooth surface will make it easier for InSight's drill to bore deep into the Martian soil. The drill works like a motorized nail, hammering itself into the ground. Over the course of 40 days, the drill will reach 16 feet into the planet. That's roughly the length of a car. For comparison, NASA's Curiosity Rover only dug about half an inch deep. That's the length of an aspirin pill. As InSight digs, it will occasionally shoot out bursts of heat. By calculating how quickly that heat warms the ground around it, InSight can measure the chemical makeup of the soil. But InSight's drill pulls double duty. As it hammers away, it also sends vibrations through the ground, which are sensitive to different layers that might be hiding under the surface. For example, if Mars has underground lava flows, those vibrations will find them. But this only gives NASA clues to the shallower layers of Mars. To understand the deep inner core, InSight has another tool that will measure how much Mars wobbles on its axis. It works similar to an egg. If you spin an uncooked egg, the liquid yolk will slosh around making the egg wobble. But if the inside is cooked, there's less wobble. Similarly, how much Mars wobbles can tell us whether its core is molten liquid or solid metal. And all these clues can help scientists solve a bigger mystery of how rocky planets like Mars and Earth formed in the first place. By studying the interior of Mars, scientists can get a better grasp on how Mars has evolved over billions of years from a warm, wet world to the desolate landscape it is today. But there's an even bigger objective on the horizon. Ultimately, the more we know about our own solar system, the better we get at searching for other planets beyond our solar system that may have the potential to harbor life. ------------------------------------------------------ Tech Insider tells you all you need to know about tech: gadgets, how-to's, gaming, science, digital culture, and more.
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Only Weeks Away - Landing on Mars!
Hear all about NASA's next mission to Mars that lands November 26th. All Space Considered welcomes special guest Dr. Mark Panning from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory who will tell us all we need to know to get ready for the big NASA InSight landing only weeks away! Join us November 2 at 7:30 p.m. PDT in the Leonard Nimoy Theatre at Griffith Observatory.
Crazy Engineering: Space Claw on NASA’s InSight Mars Lander
When NASA's InSight lands on Mars, it will be the first mission on another planet to use a robotic arm to grasp instruments and place them on the surface. While it may look like an arcade machine, this space claw is designed to come away with a prize every time. For more about the InSight lander, visit https://mars.nasa.gov/insight
Mars in a Minute: How Did Mars Get Such Enormous Mountains?
Why are the tallest peaks in the solar system found on one of its smallest worlds? Like any planet, how Mars looks outside is tied to what goes on inside. Dig into planetary formation in this 60-second video and by visiting mars.nasa.gov/insight .
Inside InSight - German Scientist Aims to Take Mars' Temperature
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) developed and built an instrument to fly on NASA's InSight mission that will measure the heat coming out of the interior of Mars. The instrument's principal investigator, Tilman Spohn, is looking forward to studying the internal heat of the mysterious Red Planet. Landing in November 2018, NASA's InSight will probe beneath the surface of Mars, study the planet's interior and shed light on how rocky planets — inside and outside our solar system — form. Keep up with InSight at: https://mars.nasa.gov/insight
Inside InSight - Engineer Helps Land a Spacecraft on Mars
NASA-JPL InSight systems engineer Julie Wertz helps land spacecraft on the Red Planet. This includes entering the atmosphere, deploying a parachute and safely touching down. This process, called entry, descent and landing (EDL), is now a part of her family: her husband worked EDL for NASA's Curiosity rover. Landing in November 2018, NASA's InSight will probe beneath the surface of Mars, study the planet's interior and shed light on how rocky planets — inside and outside our solar system — form. Keep up with InSight at: https://mars.nasa.gov/insight
Inside InSight - Scientist Helps Choose a Landing Site on Mars
Where should you land a spacecraft? NASA-JPL scientist Ingrid Daubar helped find the best parking spot on Mars for the upcoming NASA InSight lander. Landing in November 2018, NASA's InSight will probe beneath the surface of Mars, study the planet's interior and shed light on how rocky planets — inside and outside our solar system — form. Keep up with InSight at: https://mars.nasa.gov/insight