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Yesterday MOLE exited the ground for no apparent reason!
In this picture taken by the Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC) at 17:00:49 LMST, we can see the robotic arm of InSight in the same position of the last days but with most of MOLE out of the ground. From the analysis of the previous photos it seems that the “ejection” happened shortly after local noon without any external intervention by InSight itself!
At the moment there are no official explanations about the nature of this strange and unexpected phenomenon.
I will provide more details about the event as soon as possible…
This photo has been processed to allow a better view of the colors, balancing the white and slightly increasing the microcontrast and color saturation.

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