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For InSight, Dust Cleanings Will Yield New Science

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Andrew Good
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
andrew.c.good@jpl.nasa.gov

 

This is NASA InSight’s second full selfie on Mars. Since taking its first selfie, the lander has removed its heat probe and seismometer from its deck, placing them on the Martian surface; a thin coating of dust now covers the spacecraft as well.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The same winds that blanket Mars with dust can also blow that dust away. Catastrophic dust storms have the potential to end a mission, as with NASA’s Opportunity rover. But far more often, passing winds cleared off the rover’s solar panels and gave it an energy boost. Those dust clearings allowed Opportunity and its sister rover, Spirit, to survive for years beyond their 90-day expiration dates.

Dust clearings are also expected for Mars’ newest inhabitant, the InSight lander. Because of the spacecraft’s weather sensors, each clearing can provide crucial science data on these events, as well – and the mission already has a glimpse at that. 

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Update to NASA’S Apps Page

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Hello,

Going through some of the pages and links, I try to keep up with changes NASA makes. And they have made several.

One is the page on all Apps developed by NASA to manage projects, get information on departments, and a large list of cosmology and astronomy information.

I also want to let you know that the link in the page has changed as well. It is now a MEGA Social Media page of everything NASA. From current projects to missions planned to even following individual astronauts. There may be other individuals as well.

We are also going to bring a future page as NASA has introduced E-Books to its offerings.

To visit the new Apps page, go to the menu and select the page, or click on this link for NASA’s App Downloads.

To visit the page for E-Books, click on the link for NASA E-Books.

 

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