As expected, dust accumulation on the lander’s solar panels has lowered the amount of power it can draw. This is of greater concern now when sunlight is harder to come by on Mars.
Watch NASA’s Mars Lander Clean Itself Using... Sand
NASA’s InSight lander relies on solar panels for power, unlike the nuclear-powered Perseverance rover. That means there’s the potential for dust build-up on its panels, which is becoming an issue as the planet descends into another frigid winter. Luckily, engineers at JPL devised an ingenious way to get the sand off the solar panels and all it took was more sand. Watch the action below, plus discover the biggest space news of the week.