So NASA engineers and computer security people have similar jobs
They both spend their days playing whack-a-mole.
Okay, okay, I'm leaving. No need to push! Jeez, tough crowd.
Engineers have hit pause on attempts make the Mars InSight lander's self-hammering mole dig into the red planet as boffins admit "the task is not likely to become easier." The "mole", a probe that is part of an instrument on the lander called the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3), is supposed to dig down at least …
The Mole doesn't appear to have any directional stability, just banging about in loose soil it is losing a lot of it's penetrative energy.
The moles I have seen used for cabling usually initiate from a guide into firm earth horizontally, this is, after the initial deployment from the support structure just flopping around and hasn't been truly vertical from the start.
I wonder if they could reload it into the support structure and start on a new piece of ground? Probably not I guess.
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