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NASA’s InSight Lander Sends Final Message from Mars in Emotional Photo

The InSight lander's mission duration was initially 2-years long

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UNITED STATES: The peaceful acceptance of Mars’ inevitable demise has led NASA’s InSight lander to take what may be its final image of the planet.

From the lander’s perspective, the official InSight Twitter account tweeted on Monday, “My power’s really low, so this may be the last image I can send.”

A wide-angle image taken by InSight lander’s camera that showed scientific instruments resting on Mars’ surface accompanied the tweet.

The tweet has been liked nearly 345,000 times and retweeted over 51,500 times so far. 

If there is one thing that will cause a person to feel empathy, it is a lonely little guy who works for others for years and tries their best before dying on their own, 140 million miles away from home.

Since scientists had issued warnings about InSight lander’s impending demise since May, it shouldn’t surprise anyone.

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At the time, the InSight lander’s power level was only one-tenth of what it had been at launch because Mars’ red dust had covered the solar panels and significantly reduced their functionality.

In the months following the warning, it is reasonable to assume that InSight lander’s power has likely decreased further.

The Mars lander mission, launched in 2018, was initially anticipated to last two years. On the other hand, the lander has operated for twice as long, sending back images and collecting information about Mars’ interior for four years.

Explorations by the lander have not been without challenges. InSight’s drill got stuck for eight months in 2019 before failing in 2021 without fulfilling its mission of drilling 16 feet into the soil of Mars. 

Nonetheless, the InSight lander has continued to operate until it is physically unable to do so. Despite the difficulties with its drill, the mission of Insight can be considered successful. 

The lander detected more than 1,300 Martian seismic tremors, accumulated data on atmospheric conditions, examined Mars’ fluid centre and assisted scientists with mapping the planet’s inside topography.

Presently InSight will kick the bucket alone, following quite a while of perpetual work.

Also Read: NASA’s InSight Spacecraft Detects Strongest Marsquake on Mars

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