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InSight Surface Operations, 26 Nov 2018-
Phil Stooke
post Aug 24 2020, 07:13 AM
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And that extra push just happened - pushing down with a tilted scoop rather than the blade or the flat of the scoop, as I understand it. Looks like it went in a bit more. maybe a couple of centimetres. We might see more burial now and pushing on the soil again.

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post Aug 24 2020, 04:14 PM
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From the time of Insight's landing till now, the mole's digging has yielded a net average downward velocity of about 3 nanometers per second. laugh.gif

Eagerly awaiting a millionfold or thereabouts acceleration!
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post Aug 28 2020, 10:48 AM
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Bonjour,

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/nasa-engin...weather-sensors

Data transmission problem from the weather station of Insight. This must not be without consequences on the operation of SEIS.

The situation, under investigation, does not seem too worrying.
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post Aug 31 2020, 09:51 PM
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Twitter has some animations of the recent arm / mole activity
https://twitter.com/NASAInSight/status/1299...3984438272?s=20
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post Sep 1 2020, 01:08 AM
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Oh! Wow!
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post Sep 6 2020, 09:30 PM
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More activity on sol 632, including flexing of the cable which suggests to me there was some downward movement. The cable left a curving imprint in the surface where it had been in contact recently.

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post Sep 7 2020, 03:57 AM
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QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ Sep 7 2020, 05:30 AM) *
More activity on sol 632.....

Here's a roughly assembled MP4 timelapse I created using the available 16 frames hosted on streamable Link1 and on Imgur Link2

Here's another link to a set of three GIFs at varying zoom levels, created by Richard Horton and shared on Reddit Link3
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post Sep 8 2020, 08:04 PM
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QUOTE (PaulH51 @ Sep 7 2020, 03:57 AM) *
Here's a roughly assembled MP4 timelapse I created using the available 16 frames hosted on streamable Link1 and on Imgur Link2

Here's another link to a set of three GIFs at varying zoom levels, created by Richard Horton and shared on Reddit Link3



Hmm I think it's rotating towards the horizontal ?
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QUOTE (rob66 @ Sep 8 2020, 02:04 PM) *
Hmm I think it's rotating towards the horizontal ?

Does look like it might have pulled a few mm more cable into the hole. But I think it is the weight of the scoop pressing on and repositioning the cable. I doubt the probe could be going more horizontal.
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QUOTE (Quetzalcoatl @ Aug 28 2020, 06:48 PM) *
Bonjour,

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/nasa-engin...weather-sensors

Data transmission problem from the weather station of Insight.....

I've not seen an official news release, but the weather page for InSight is once again providing weather data, so it looks like this issue may have been resolved

This page Link has weather data for September 7 and 8.
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Sol 645 animated GIF of the latest HP3 hammer session.
IDC camera using the 16 frames with activity, reduced to 512x512 to upload. Link to full size (17 frame) MP4 version on Imgur.
We can see a little movement of the tether and scoop, but with little apparent progress!
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post Sep 19 2020, 11:38 PM
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sol 645... another 24 sols and we will have been on Mars for a full Mars year.

I think the tether moves towards the hole about as much as the scoop moves down (looking at images stabilized to the surface, not the arm). That seems like good news to me.

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post Yesterday, 12:56 AM
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I'm focusing on the left edge of the screen, where the tether is nearly in line of sight with a couple of pebbles. It looks like it is initially arched upwards, then flattens as, apparently, the mole/arm pull the slack out of it. Then a sort of wave of motion causes it to arch again, and pull down again.

15:25 Arched upwards.
15:29 Pulls downward, flattens.
15:35: Arches upwards again.

The question is, does the second motion indicate a slack from the mole/arm, or an uncoiling in the slack of the tether nearer the lander? It looks to me like in the last 3 or so frames, the tether is still moving towards the mole. I'm optimistic.
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post Yesterday, 09:44 PM
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I'm looking at the wiring inside the teather. In some images it's easy to see.
Otherwise, in most cases some enhancement and excessive sharpening resolves the wiring clear enough
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to see a clear y-shape of the wires:
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But it's still hard to identify evident progress within the latest image series.
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