NASA’s Mars InSight podium takes dusty “final selfie” as power dwindles

NASA’s InSight spacecraft is filled with a thick layer of Mars dust in its latest selfie, which according to the agency will probably be the last of the mission.

The InSight solar landing craft operates at only one-tenth of its 5,000-watt landing capacity, the agency said at a news conference on May 17, and the new image shows just how much regolithic mass has accumulated in the last three and a half years. InSight, a milestone looking for a sea earthquake, surfaced in 2018 in an effort to better understand the interior of Mars. While the data collected by the mission will be available forever, the spacecraft terminates scientific activities to maintain power as best it can.

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