To enable the seismometer to continue to run for as long as possible, the mission team is turning off InSight’s fault protection system. While this will enable the instrument to operate longer, it leaves the lander unprotected from sudden, unexpected events that ground controllers would not have time to respond to.
“The goal is to get scientific data all the way to the point where InSight can operate at all, rather than conserve energy and operate the lander with no science benefit,” said Chuck Scott, InSight’s project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
Regular updates on InSight’s power and observations from mission team members will appear on blogs.nasa.gov/insight.
The InSight team will also be available to answer your questions directly on June 28 at 3 pm EDT (noon PDT) during a livestream event on YouTube. Questions can be asked using the #AskNASA hashtag.