NASA mission to Mars under threat
October 9, 2022 | Sciense | No Comments|
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A dust storm on Mars could derail NASA's InSight mission. According to Space, this was announced by project leader Chuck Scott. “If we can get through this, we can keep working through the winter, but I'll worry about the next storm,” — Scott said. Due to weather conditions, the solar panels generate less power than is needed for the module's devices. They are literally buried under a thick layer of dust. The lander needs approximately 300 watt-hours of power to run its core functions, scientists say. This week it was generating only 275 watt-hours in one Martian day. Scientists turned off the seismometer to save energy in the hope of weathering the storm.
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