«Thank you for staying with me» is the last message from the twitter account of NASA’s InSight mission on the planet Mars. In addition to the message, a photo of a part of the robot covered in Martian dust is attached, which is why it will not be able to receive more energy from its solar panels.
A little over four years later, the robot is about to kick the bucket, but not before sending its latest tweet, which has touched the hearts of users of social networks.
The robot tweeted:
The robot was sent to study below the surface and in the depths of Mars, including its crust, mantle, and core. Since landing on Mars in 2018, InSight has detected more than 1,300 marsquakes; the biggest one, a magnitude 5, occurred two weeks ago.
It has also been monitoring tectonic, seismic, and meteor movements on the planet.
“Studying Mars’ interior structure answers key questions about the early formation of rocky planets in our inner solar system – Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars – more than 4 billion years ago, as well as rocky exoplanets,” Nasa said.
During its four-year exploration, the lander detected a magnitude 4 marsquake, which scientists believe was the result of a meteorite impact.
It has measured more than 1,300 seismic events. The robot also studied dust eddies, which are dust storms that occur on Mars, and electrical currents that flow through the center of the planet.