NASA’s Mars InSight lander ends mission after running out of power

The hard dust of the Red Planet has claimed another spacecraft.

NASA announced Wednesday (December 21) that InSight Landingdesigned to understand its geological life history Mars, completed his mission to the Red Planet. The spacecraft relied on solar power, and after four years on Mars, its sunlight-collecting panels have created too much dust to generate enough power to operate the lander. For months, the InSight team had been waiting for the landing to go silent. Now, the bot has missed two calls home. Scientists last heard from the robot on December 15. NASA will continue to listen, but doesn’t expect to hear anything more from the craft.

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