All is not lost, however, as the failure of the Mole helped engineers develop different strategies for future missions. Additionally, now that the InSight arm has been used in this way, the probe will bury its seismometer to help it get cleaner, more accurate readings of Martian geology. And InSight’s mission is not over – its intended lifespan has been extended at least until the end of 2022.
InSight will be responsible for determining whether the Martian core is liquid or solid, examining weather data, and, when Perseverance lands, building the first weather network humans have built on another planet. Don’t ask him to help you set up a shelf.