NASA’s Mars InSight lander takes dusty ‘final selfie’ as power dims

NASA’s Mars InSight lander takes dusty ‘final selfie’ as power dims

NASA’s InSight lander is completely covered in a thick layer of Martian dust in its latest selfie, which the agency says will likely be the mission’s last.

The solar-powered InSight lander is operating at only about a tenth of its 5,000 watt-hour landing capacity, the agency said at a press conference on May 17, and the new image shows just how the regolith has accumulated over the past three and a half Earth years. InSight, an earthquake-seeking lander, touched down on the surface 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 is shutting down its science activities to best conserve energy.

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