Insight Lander's Final Selfie  Mission Is Ending

on Mars Shows Why Its

This Is The Last Time We'll Ever See

A selfie from NASA's InSight lander on Mars. And judging by the amount of dust coating the lander's solar panels, it's easy to see why.

The Stationary Spacecraft Captured

The image on April 24 using its robotic arm, which will soon be placed into a final resting position called "retirement pose"

In Order To

Take a selfie, the arm has to move several times, and that won't be possible anymore.

The InSight Account Tweeted

"Before losing more solar energy, I took some time to take in my surroundings and snapped my final selfie before I rest my arm and camera permanently in the stowed position,"

Due To A Decreasing Power Supply

The mission will cease scientific operations by the end of late summer. It has been revealing the mysterious interior of Mars since landing in November 2018.

InSight's Solar Panels

Have been increasingly covered in red Martian dust, despite creative efforts by the mission's team on Earth.

Before

After

This Accumulation Will

Only worsen as Mars now enters winter, when more dust is lofted into the atmosphere.

Nasa’s Insight Lander's One  Down for Good

Last Selfie Before It Shuts