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NASA’s Mars InSight Lander Is Getting Ready to Die in 2022

NASA’s Mars InSight Lander Is Getting Ready to Die in 2022

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It’s almost time to bid farewell to NASA’s Mars InSight mission, which has likely reached its final months of life after more than three years of surface operations on the red planet

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Just weeks after the lander’s seismometer recorded a magnitude 5 “marsquake”—the biggest earthquake ever detected on another planet

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—mission operators announced that dust buildup on the mission’s solar panels is slowly starving InSight of power.

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Unless the lander is graced by a fortuitous dust devil that blows some of the crud off the panels,

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InSight will end its science operations this summer and will be officially dead by the end of the year.

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“We've been very busy at Mars for the last three and a half years,” said Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator, at the briefing

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