Good Mars weather lets NASA’s InSight lander live a little longer

Martian weather has given a lander extra time to catch marsquakes.

NASA’s InSight lander touched down on Mars in November 2018 with tools meant to help scientists see deep into the Red Planet. InSight runs on sunlight and dust has covered its solar panels, leaving the lander able to generate just a tenth of the power it could harvest as a Martian newcomer. Scientists expected that the lander would run out of power at the end of the summer, but InSight is still eking out scientific data and may continue to do so for several months to come — potentially even into January.

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