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A Mole on Mars

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It weighs less than a pair of shoes uses less power than a WI fi router and has to dig on another planet innovation now the second of the instruments on Nasr's insight. Lander has been successfully deployed on Mars, the heat flow and physical properties package or HP. Three will measure how easily heat moves through the sub surface of Mars the probe is designed to measure the heat coming from the inside of the planet. So it must get below ground equipped with a self hammering spike called the mole HP three will burrow sixteen feet below the surface in comparison, the agency's Phoenix Lander a cousin of insight scooped only seven inches. The mole will stop every nineteen inches to take measurements. Because hammering creates friction and releases heat the instrument must cool down before heating it up. Again, temperature sensors will measure how rapidly this warm up occurs. Telling scientists the thermal conductivity of the soil the team at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory is looking forward to breaking records as the mole begins to break round on LARs for innovation. Now, I'm Jennifer police now is produced by the National Institute of aerospace through collaboration with NASA.

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