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Mars lander starts digging on red planet, hits snags

 


NASA's newest Mars lander has started digging into the red planet, but hit a few snags, scientists said Friday.

The German drilling instrument on the InSight lander struck what appeared to be a couple of stones. It only managed to burrow between half a foot (18 centimeters) and about 1 ½ feet (50 centimeters), far short of the first dig's goal, said the German Aerospace Center.

The hammering device in the "mole" was developed by the Astronika engineering company in Poland.

"This is not very good news for me because although the hammer is proving itself ... the Mars environment is not very...



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