</a><p class="speakableTextP1">It's a <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/nasa-perseverance-rover-mars-landing-how-to-watch-live-this-week/">massive month for spacecraft entering Mars orbit</a></span>, but let's not forget about the machines that are already on the ground. NASA's solar-powered InSight lander, which touched down in 2018, has a bit of a dust problem to deal with.</p><p class="speakableTextP2">NASA is temporarily limiting the operation of InSight's science instruments. "As dust collects on the solar panels and winter comes to Elysium Planitia, the team is following a plan to reduce science operations in order to keep the lander safe," <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/insight-is-meeting-the-challenge-of-winter-on-dusty-mars" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" target="_blank" data-component="externalLink">the agency said in a statement on Friday</a>.</p><div class="newsletter-subscribe-form desktop -inline " section="subscribeNewsletter" data-track="newsletter" readability="6">
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The InSight team tweeted an eye-opening pair of images showing the lander's solar panels near when it first landed and what they look like now. There's a healthy layer of reddish dust coating the array.