LOS ANGELES: After more than four years of collecting unique scientific data on Mars, NASA’s InSight lander has completed its mission, the agency said on Wednesday.
After two successive tries to make contact with the lander, mission controllers at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California came to the conclusion that the spacecraft’s solar-powered batteries had run out of juice, condition engineers refer to as “dead bus.”
NASA had originally determined to end the project if the lander didn’t respond to two attempts at communication. According to NASA, InSight’s most recent communication with Earth took place on December 15.
InSight was sent into orbit in May 2018 to explore Mars’ inner depths. Late November 2018 saw its successful landing on Mars, the agency’s first since the Curiosity rover in 2012. According to NASA, Insight has discovered innumerable scientific facts over the previous four years and detected around 1,300 marsquakes.