Martian Dust

The Mars lander InSight, which recently received a mission extension, has been restored to life after engineers performed a brilliant trick to improve performance. As dust particles were deposited on the solar panels, the lander showed a drop in energy, and engineers were able to push out the sand using a robotic arm so that the Martian wind could blow the debris away from the pane.

This backwardness provides the lander with 30 watt-hours of electricity per Martian sun or per day. As Mars approaches the aphelion, the furthest time from the sun, evolution is critical to mission survival because less sunlight reaches the dusty solar panels of the spacecraft, reducing your energy. This is not the only attempt by JMA engineers to clean up the dust, because they have been thinking about it for more than a year. They tried to turn on the motors to deploy solar panels to shake off the dust, but to no avail.

It was recently decided to remove the dust deposited on the panel, but it is not allowed to bulge directly on the panel. On June 5, the team will take another similar step to remove more dust. The InSight robotic arm will drop sand next to InSight’s solar cells on May 22 (when the wind is the strongest on the red planet).

NASA said in a statement, “From the northwest wind blowing at a maximum speed of 6 meters per second, the dripping sand will collapse and directly affect the overall performance of the spacecraft.” Now the dusty panel has withstood two years and is now pushing the spacecraft to extend for two years.

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According to NASA, several people suggested using the blades of the Ingenuity Helicopter to blow off the accumulated dust, but this is impossible because the helicopter is located at Jazero Crater 3.452 kilometers away. Scientists hope that gusts or vortices can clear the panel, as in the case of the “Courage” and “Opportunity” rover. However, insight can be a huge success. As Mars approached the sun in its orbit, the team began supplying electricity in August, allowing the team to resume scientific operations.

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