Behold the mole! Now with the support structure out of the way, my team has a view of the mole’s position. Read more on the plans to keep moving forward (and downward): https://t.co/9DmF5OANlO pic.twitter.com/mMthA5jrZ6
— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) July 1, 2019
PASADENA, Calif. (NASA/JPL-Caltech PR) — Behold the “mole”: The heat-sensing spike that NASA’s InSight lander deployed on the Martian surface is now visible.
Last week, the spacecraft’s robotic arm successfully removed the support structure of the mole, which has been unable to dig, and placed it to the side. Getting the structure out of the way gives the mission team a view of the mole — and maybe a way to help it dig.