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1440, 20 Mar 20

Concussive Maintenance on Mars

This might be my favorite story of the day. “Hey boss, the drill is stuck!” “Just whack it with the shovel!”

NASA’s InSight lander, which is currently on the surface of Mars, has faced some unexpected problems during its mission to explore and study the planet.

Namely, a digging probe that was built to burrow beneath the surface like a jackhammer got stuck because Mars’ soil is clumpier than scientists expected, Popular Science reports.

After a few failed attempts to get it out, NASA had to get a bit creative. Ultimately, it freed the probe up by giving it a solid thwack with InSight’s shovel.


1440, 20 March 2020

1 Comment

  1. Mark Hoefert

    Who can forget the Russian cosmonaut in the movie “Armageddon” when their shuttle won’t fire up.

    “American components, Russian components, all made in TAIWAN!”


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