NASA's InSight Mission During a Dust Storm, the InSight Mars Lander

By Aahil

Space

October  12, 2022

As a continent-size dust storm looms over Mars' southern hemisphere, NASA's InSight mission's solar panels recently lost power.

The mission monitors the lander's power level, which is dropping as dust collects on its solar arrays.

The dusty haze over InSight grew by about 40% due to the storm's size and dust lofting.

The seismometer that is onboard InSight has been running for approximately 24 hours every other Martian day.

However, as a result of the decrease in solar output, there is not enough energy left over to fully charge the batteries every sol.

The dust-raising clouds spotted by the Mars Color Imager camera, which makes daily global images of the Red Planet, are not spreading as quickly as before.

Mars dust storms occur year-round, although more and stronger ones occur during northern fall and winter, which is ending.

On rare instances, Mars has been covered by planet-encircling dust storms.

The Ingenuity solar-powered helicopter has seen an overall rise in background haze.

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