Mars is a planet, so it has no feelings or motivations, but it’s hard not to anthropomorphize it when it seems to be resisting humans studying it, foreign media reported. NASA’s InSight lander has been trying to launch a thermal probe beneath the planet’s surface, but just as it appears to be making progress, Mars has ruthlessly rejected it.
On Sunday, local time, Insight’s research team shared a moving image on Twitter showing the Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3) rover bouncing out of its already partially buried martian soil. The most familiar thing about HP3 is the Mole detector.
In response, NASA’s preliminary estimate may be related to the unforeseen nature of the soil.
It is understood that the probe should have dug up to 16 feet (5 meters) deep and then measured the temperature of Mars internally to study how the rocky planet formed.
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) designed the thermal probe. NASA Deputy Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen said in a twitter post that engineers are analyzing the data to try to figure out what happened.
In a follow-up tweet, insight’s team said one possibility they thought was that the soil might fall before the mole’s top, which filled the hole when the mole retracted.