According to data shared by NASA this week, The InSight rover was able to “clear some dust” thanks to light winds from Mars At the time our world knew it to be May 22, 2021 and that day was 884 on the Red Planet.
However, NASA does not expect InSight to be able to clean itself completely before the Martian winter, so it is expected that it will start providing energy over the coming months (Earths). It will only preserve the elements that allow it not to remain frozen and dormant on the red soil.
The team operating InSight from Earth, and more specifically from the United States, had already anticipated this emergency when the device’s mission was extended, which will expire in December 2022. For now. The device can only produce 27% of the energy it needs to function, so it won’t ask you much.
The InSight mission is controlled from a NASA laboratory in Southern California, United States. Matt Golombek, a member of the team responsible for the device, noted that if the device could roll over the Martian land to “blast” the dust piles from the solar panels, there was a chance that the wind would blow. All dirt.
“We didn’t know if it would work, but we’re happy about it,” Golombek said. Remote work on Mars from Earth.
Thanks to the fact that the device was able to get rid of Martian dust on May 22, the moment of hibernation was delayed by several weeks. This will give you time to collect more data, but in the end it will be bedtime.