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NASA's scheme to resurrect the drill on its Mars probe

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NASA blasted the InSight lander to Mars with the aim of drilling some 16 feet into the Martian ground. 

But the drill, also called the "mole" or "self-hammering heat probe," only burrowed 14 inches into the soil before getting stuck. The space agency hasn't been able to move the heat-detecting probe since February. 

But NASA has a plan. And the people behind that plan appear confident.

"This is a very, very challenging problem," said Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, the lead arm engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "Sometimes it appears intractable. But we engineers love solving challenging problems." Read more...

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