NASA has given up on the mole — a device that was supposed to dig deep into the Martian surface — after repeated failed efforts to make the system work. It was meant to be a major part of the InSight lander mission, but unfortunately Mars had other ideas.
There’s some happy news to report from the Red Planet, as the stubborn Mars InSight heat probe, known as “the mole,” is now completely buried. It’s an encouraging development, as the surrounding dirt could coax the device into drilling deeper through the Martian crust.
After some hopeful digging, Mars seems to have spat out the InSight heat flow-measuring probe.