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InSight Surface Operations, 26 Nov 2018-
Tom Steiner
post Jun 1 2021, 11:41 PM
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Phil/PaulH51 - thank you for all the detailed images and information on the tether burial ...... but am having a hard time following it all sad.gif

Is there a list of the activities with dates/sols where all of this is summarized?

2/27 sol 801 first trench - 1 pass of scoop
2/28 sol 803 second trench - 3 passes of scoop
3/5 test on Earth - location ???
etc.

Thanks.
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Phil Stooke
post Jun 1 2021, 11:49 PM
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Post 1131 on this thread is about as close as you are likely to get to a list of operations. It will be updated occasionally.

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post Jun 3 2021, 05:10 PM
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QUOTE (PaulH51 @ May 23 2021, 07:14 PM) *
I have to admit this one took me by surprise (IDC images from sol 884)
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We had a lot of discussions over the last 6 months about doing something that seems superficially suicidal. But some careful consideration of dust adhesion and removal processes showed it was the most likely thing to help the energy situation as we move through aphelion in the next few months. I was very excited when this experiment yielded an instant jump in power of a few per cent.


https://mars.nasa.gov/news/8959/nasas-insig...t/?site=insight
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post Jun 3 2021, 05:22 PM
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QUOTE (rlorenz @ Jun 3 2021, 01:10 PM) *

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(Some members of the public have suggested using the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s whirring blades to clear off InSight’s panels, but that’s not an option, either: The operation would be too risky, and the helicopter is roughly 2,145 miles, or 3,452 kilometers, away.)


Yes, I'd say number two is a bit more of an obstacle than number one... rolleyes.gif

Glad to see this soil at least has some use, after what it did to HP3....
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post Jun 6 2021, 01:51 AM
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Sol 897 IDC: Saltation Saturday wink.gif More commonly known as dumping a scoop of regolith on the lander's deck.
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post Jun 13 2021, 03:37 AM
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A little weekend trenching on Sol 904. Before & After IDC frames shows a new trench close the HP3.
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post Jun 13 2021, 06:53 AM
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The trench 'underneath' that little trench is also new on the same sol.

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post Jun 20 2021, 06:09 AM
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Another Saltation Saturday (Sol 911 IDC animated GIF)
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post Jun 23 2021, 03:30 PM
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Here is an article from Space News concerning the dropping power levels due to dust accumulation. Unlike Spirit and Opportunity, there have been no cleaning events. Perhaps a future solar powered lander may address the dust issue with a cleaning demonstration package, as the status quo is limiting spacecraft survivability.

https://spacenews.com/dropping-power-levels...nsight-mission/
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post Jun 27 2021, 11:04 AM
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The robotic arm is seen over the lander's deck on Sol 918 in this Instrument Deployment Camera frame.

There are several more frames on the public server, but I can not work out if it's and imaging session, or another saltation exercise, as I see no scoop activity.

I guess we'll have to wait for more images...
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post Jul 3 2021, 03:57 AM
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QUOTE (Steve G @ Jun 23 2021, 10:30 AM) *


Interesting to note this tweet in the days after the above:
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Because of the hard work of my team, solar power has improved. At the start of the year we thought wed stop collecting science for six months; now Ill be operating for most of the summer.

https://twitter.com/NASAInSight/status/1408552495501123585
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post Jul 19 2021, 04:42 AM
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Another Saltation session attempted on sol 939 (July 18, 2021)
IDC images showing the material in the scoop and the landers deck ~30 minutes later
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post Jul 24 2021, 01:34 AM
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The results from InSight have a few surprises.

https://www.space.com/mars-large-core-thin-...insight-results
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post Jul 24 2021, 02:07 AM
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Q &A here with some nice discussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kca3Y8XUK1c
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Some light gardening during sol 952
Here's a before & after (sol 946 / 952 IDC)
Note: the trench nearest SEIS has been extended, with regolith accumulated for future use.
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