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InSight Surface Operations, 26 Nov 2018-
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QUOTE (MahFL @ Jul 19 2019, 09:01 AM) *
Grapple stowed already :

We can get some close-up images of that odd looking pit now 🤔
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According to this release by CNES, the operation to recover the mole will be targeted for completion before solar conjunction. The release is in French and the English option takes you to a different page. So I used Google translate on the French release, I have garnered (very roughly) the following regarding future operations:-

CNES detailed their participation of the future operations for recovery of the mole. This includes:-

Returning to programming every 3 days, from weekly programming for the duration of the recovery attempt.

Reducing bandwidth of SEIS to facilitate transmission of diagnostic images from the cameras.

Reducing the power consumption of certain subsystems because it is becoming colder on Mars and the available energy decreases with the dust accumulating on the solar panels.

Re-configuring SEIS into 'listening mode' to monitor the mole during drilling.

Plan:-

The scoop located at the end of the robotic arm will be pushed on the ground close to the mole, to collapse the pit and increase the friction to allow penetration to resume.

Because of the increasingly cold temperatures on Mars and the increasingly limited energy makes it more difficult to use the robotic arm (as it has to remain heated) Therefore the operational teams must perform these steps before the solar conjunction that will see the Sun between Earth and Mars preventing any communication with the InSight lander.
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Crops from 4 Sol 230 IDC frames were resized (zoomed / sharpened) these show the pit illuminated by the sun close to local noon. The arm was moved between each frame so imaging experts should be able to create 3D models of the pit and estimate depth etc. More sol 230 images were coming down as I assembled this composite.
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