The device, described as a self-hammering mechanism, is a component of a heat probe that will examine the thermal properties of the Red Planet.
The main goal of the US space agency’s InSight mission — launching on Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California — is to give scientists a better understanding of the structure and geological activity of Mars.
The InSight lander is scheduled to touch down on the Red Planet on November 26 after a journey of 485 million kilometres. It is expected to remain active there for two years.
The self-hammering instrument has been developed by innovative Warsaw company Astronika, which was founded in 2013 by a group of Polish engineers specialising in precision mechanics and space technology.