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Space | 10. August 2020 | posted by Tilman Spohn

Mars InSight mission: The Mole is 'in' and the ‘finishing touches’ are ‘in sight’

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech
The Mole in the pit after the Free Mole Test in June. The image, acquired on Sol 577, shows the Mole almost completely covered with sand. It also shows the footprint of the scoop in front of the Mole on the near side and interesting overhangs and layers in the duricrust on the far side. The overhang does not necessarily define the thickness of the duricrust but may indicate layering in the latter. The overhang has regular spaced cracks that are astoundingly wide. The horizon above the cracked crust may indicate the bottom of a near surface sand layer.

Since February 2019, the scientific director of DLR's HP3 instrument, Tilman Spohn, has been providing us with the latest news about the InSight mission in the DLR blog and regularly explains the current situation of the heat probe HP3, which we affectionately refer to as the Mars 'Mole'. read more

Space | 07. July 2020 | posted by Tilman Spohn

The InSight mission logbook (February 2019 - July 2020)

Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)
You can find more graphics explaining the instruments of the InSight mission on flickr

In his logbook, Instrument Lead Tilman Spohn who is back in Berlin since April and communicating with JPL via the web, gives us the latest updates regarding the InSight mission and our HP3 instrument - the 'Mole' - which will hammer into the Martian surface. read more