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In this case, the hole will stay open. These recordings had suggested that the mole first lifted the SSA while at the same time penetrating slowly about 7 cm until it had hammered through the duricrust and the SSA resettled on the ground. Yesterday, we received the images that confirm HP3 release and the entire team (all hands out!) We have further shown that the time between the sub-strokes is indicative of the motion of the mole. In addition, the postulated increased rebound may have caused some loosening of the pinning. The stress provided by the push on the regolith with the scoop had to be transferred through the duricrust around the pit to the Mole. During the upward motion of a bounce, sand flowed in  and partly filled the borehole. Thank you guys at JPL and HP3 engineering and operation teams! As you can see from the video clip below, the scoop initially went down pushing on the back-cap of the Mole and was further pressed into the sand by the arm. The lander had originally been scheduled to blast off in March 2016, but NASA suspended its launch preparations when a vacuum leak was found in the craft’s prime science instrument. Another image taken later under better lighting conditions (Figure 2) revealed the bottom of the pit being about 2.5-3 mole diameters or 7-8 cm deep. This result of the 'Free Mole Test' was, of course, not quite what we had hoped for, but we cannot say that it came as a complete surprise. In that case, it would be likely that it has widened the borehole it had been digging. This will be the moment we all look forward to, the Mole's first 70 centimetres into the Martian surface! ##markend## +++++ From August 2020 onwards, all InSight updates will be published as individual posts on the DLR blog. The eclipses were pronounced in the radiometer data showing an approximately 1°C dip in temperature through the roughly 30 seconds of duration of the eclipse. If the project approves of the plan after a careful review, we should be able to command the experiment next week. For this, the scoop is placed above the back cap and slowly lowered until it touches the cap. Snagging requires some specific movements of the Mole that it may have performed but not likely so. That's it for now. The SSA was thus blocking the view of the mole. But we have not settled yet on this explanation. One possibility is that the pinning was marginally adequate for soil that the Mole had already moved through and was re-entering (loosened sand), but not adequate for 'fresh', undisturbed soil. The data should be down early Tuesday morning Pasadena time. Because the vertical load had relaxed between sols 322 and 325, the mole bounced when we hammered on sol 325 (for a lack of hull friction). And the low atmosphere pressure of only 0.6% of the Earth’s amplifies the problem. This flipping can occur when cosmic ray particles hit the mass memory. An image of the scoop pressing on the surface in the lab is here. NASA’s long-term goal is to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s. In the meantime, we are planning on carrying out thermal conductivity measurements for the first time on Mars and start to conduct observations of the shadow of Phobos, which will be travelling through the radiometer’s field of view on 5, 6 and 8 March 2019. It’s provided scientists with insights (no pun intended) into the planet, revealing that marsquakes frequently rumble across its rocky surface, and even sent back timely weather reports. I along with others from the team were a bit shocked when we saw how large the pit actually is. The motion stopped when the tip was no longer in the sand but rather had entered the duricrust from below. The data show that the first 18 cm were done in about 5 minutes and they also show that the mole has been diverted away from vertical by about 15° during that time. The duricrust is usually thin and not a problem. Hammering on Sol 557. Follow us on Twitter to get the newest information and pictures of our #MarsMaulwurf. The atmosphere is already getting dustier and the power generated by the solar panels is decreasing. A hiccup somewhere had caused a delay in the data transmission. The result was not quite what we had optimistically hoped for, but was also not entirely a surprise. Three rounds of pushing on the surface with the scoop followed until mid of August of two pushes each. Second, it was shown that the scoop could be used to scrape loose sand from the surface together and move it towards the pit. The IDA (instrument deployment arm) team will now proceed to release the grapple and stow it within the next few days. It is approximately pointing 15° away from the vertical and has undergone either some rotation or precession of its rotation axis. Well, operating on Mars is not only time consuming. Two rounds for safety reasons instead of one longer hammering round. Its diameter is about two times the diameter of the mole. The anomaly was resolved by rebooting the BEE. Results were initially promising, but Mars eventually spat the probe back out and the hole filled with loose soil once more. The mole heat probe is hidden under InSight's scoop in this image from June 1. A new strategy to push the mole probe into the surface appears to be working, NASA teased in a tweet. The probe is only useful to NASA if it can dig way, way down, so this new technique is something of a hail mary. After hammering for up to 4 hours, the mole will be allowed to cool for almost 3 days to remove heat that was generated in the mole by friction during hammering. Rather than completely separating the scoop from the Mole and then re-pinning, we loosened the push and then retightened it. The mole axis additionally precessed from pointing slightly towards the left forward foot to pointing towards the right forward foot and back again. NASA’s off-again, on-again Mars digger nicknamed the mole is finally buried in the planet’s soil and will take readings beneath the surface next year. Unfortunately, the uplink opportunity was missed yesterday evening for yet unknown technical reasons. However, it will take a while until the seismic data is fully downloaded and can be interpreted. That would be the point at which we would make plans to release the scoop and use the arm to replace the support structure. The test supports our earlier conclusion that the cohesive duricrust is unusually thick – at least based on what we previously knew about Mars – and that it must be quite rigid. A camera on InSight… The troublesome mole has been “rescued” before, and each time it appears to be working, something else goes wrong and it ends up on the surface again. There was movement of the SSA so as if the Mole was still hitting the support structure. Severing those cables would kill the probe and bring a halt to any objectives associated with its function. This is then the major reason why the operation will take a while, until mid next month or possibly even later. Sketch of the assumed situation in the pit before and after filling the pit as is presently being discussed by the team. We will transmit the hammering data to Earth using a pass of the ESA Trace Gas Orbiter TGO (thank you ESA!) This will be different from pushing on the duricrust surface because the sand has no rigidity and can transfer the force more readily. The copper-colored ribbon attached to the mole has sensors to measure the planet's heat flow. A small value indicates low thermal conductivity, for instance, or a large porosity (meaning low density) etc. I, for one, would have never thought that the Mole could back out as much during a few tens of hammer strokes. It is also possible that the Mole is working its way through some gravel or – less likely – around a stone. I hope you had - or are still having - a good summer! On Monday, assuming that Mole release is successful – something we should learn Sunday - we will be commanding hammering.

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