UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The American InSight rover, who has been studying Mars for a year, is trying to pull next week a drilling machine that has sunk into Mars.
This was preceded by other failed attempts. “We will try to squeeze one end of the drilling machine with a feather attached to the rover’s hand. We hope this will increase the friction force so that the drilling machine will continue to advance deeper into the planet.”
The Rover drilling machine had deepened into the soil of the moon up to the level of 35 centimeters, and then began to move in place. NASA experts tried to understand for a year what prevented the machine from continuing drilling, and eventually came to the conclusion that the machine hit a dense layer of sand that the drilling machine could not pass.
The US InSight landed on Mars in December. Its purpose is to investigate the effects of the Earth’s tremors and study the components of the planet’s cave.
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