NASA’s Plan to Save Its Stuck Mars Drill Involves a Robot With a Shovel

This ‘mole’ has been lodged in the Martian soil for months

Popular Science
Oct 16 · 6 min read
InSight’s robotic arm leaves a scoop print after trying to push in the sides of the hole. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech

By Charlie Wood

A miniature jackhammer was supposed to be safely buried 15 feet below the Martian surface by now. Instead, it continues to languish near the surface, its nose nestled a foot underground while its tail…

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