In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Key instruments on InSight are stuck and a Martian rock may be to blame. International Space Station (ISS) astronauts assemble tools for Robotic Refueling demo.
Key instrument on NASA’s InSight lander is stuck. A Martian rock may be to blame
Los Angeles Times (3/5): A subsurface heat probe that is part of NASA’s Mars InSight lander seems to have struck an underground obstacle, likely a rock, as the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package began to tap itself to a hoped for depth of sixteen feet last week.
The hammering has stopped, while the science team assesses the issue. InSight landed on Mars in late November to carry out the first ever studies of the Martian crust, mantle and core.
Zurbuchen cancels Europa Clipper instrument due to cost overruns
Spacepolicyonline.com (3/5): Zubruchen leads NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. A decision to stop work on a magnetometer for NASA’s Europa Clipper mission spacecraft and look for a science instrument replacement was based on the rising cost of the Interior Characterization of Europa Using Magnetometry (ICEMAG) instrument. Europa, an ice and ocean covered moon of Jupiter made famous in the science fiction film classic 2001: A ...