InSight probe resumes drilling of Mars (4 photos)
InSight probe resumes drilling of Mars (4 photos)

InSight probe resumes drilling of Mars (4 photos)

InSight probe resumes drilling of Mars (4 photos) The study of the surface of Mars by automatic stations is designed to provide a preparatory stage for the full colonization of the planet, the beginning of which is scheduled for the next decade. The mission of the InSight space station, which landed on Mars on November 26, 2018, is to study the structure, composition and seismic activity of the surface of the Red Planet. Among InSight’s priorities is detecting water in a liquid or solid state. The mission of the probe is designed for 728 Earth days or 709 solos (Martian days). InSight probe resumes drilling of Mars (4 photos) Drilling rig HP3 began work on March 7 and in 4 hours it broke a hole with a depth of 50 cm. Then the drill came across an insurmountable obstacle. It was decided to suspend drilling. According to the technical specifications, the drilling rig must go through a 5 m deep well. InSight probe resumes drilling of Mars (4 photos) The engineering service, after analyzing the obstacle, found that it was not a hard stone, but dyurakrast – a solid layer of fine grains of sand. To pass such a breed, the HP3 boar is quite capable. However, due to the design features of the drilling rig and the loose structure of dyurikrast, the return of the installation will decrease. InSight probe resumes drilling of Mars (4 photos) Scientists and engineers working on the InSight mission now plan to use the IDA robotic arm (Instrument Deployment Arm) to raise the support structure. The lifting process will take place in several stages, starting from the end of June. Such an event will lead to an increase in adhesion and compensation of the impact of the hammer drill when working with crumbling material dyurikrast.

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