Engineers are persisting to work to release an instrument on NASA’s InSight Mars lander that stays trapped just under the surface. The HP3 (Heat Flow and Physical Properties Probe)—which is one of the two key instruments on the spaceship—features a “mole” or probe designed to sort its way in the surface to a deepness of about 5 Meters. Once into its place, it would calculate how much heat is releasing out of the planet’s interior. The instrument—put on the surface weeks following the spacecraft’s landing in the last November—began the hammering procedure in late February, but project researchers stopped that work days soon when it was seen that the mole was trapped about 30 Centimeters just under the surface.
The engineers have since been attempting to find out why the mole is trapped and how to get it working again. The instrument group found three major causes for the probe becoming stuck. The probe might have hit a rock that stops its progress. The tether monitoring behind the probe can be stuck in the device’s support structure. Another option is that the probe’s hull does not have sufficient friction with the neighboring regolith to keep it from bouncing back when fires its hammer.
Recently, NASA was in news for planning to send the first woman on the moon by the end of 2024. Reportedly, NASA is intending on landing the first man and woman in around five decades to the moon by 2024, owing to a supplementary increase to the agency’s financial plan by President Trump. According to Bettina Inclan—NASA’s Communications Director—said that only 12 human beings, all male, have ever gone on the moon and they were all American. In a statement, Inclan told CNN, “The last person to walk on the Moon was in 1972. No woman has ever been there on the lunar surface.”