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InSight: Media telecon on landing site, Nov. 19

NASA will host a media teleconference at 9 a.m. PST (noon EST) Monday, Nov. 19, to provide details about the Mars 2020 rover’s landing site on the Red Planet. The rover, currently under construction at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), … Continue reading

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InSight: What’s the sound of a Mars touchdown?

What’s the sound of a touchdown on Mars? If you’re at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, it sounds like winning the Super Bowl: cheers, laughter and lots of hollering. But in the minutes before that, NASA’s InSight team will be monitoring … Continue reading

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InSight: Broadcast schedule for landing events

NASA’s Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander is scheduled to touch down on the Red Planet at approximately noon PST (3 p.m. EST) on Nov. 26, and viewers everywhere can watch coverage of the … Continue reading

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InSight: Landing site bland as ‘vanilla ice cream’

No doubt about it, NASA explores some of the most awe-inspiring locations in our solar system and beyond. Once seen, who can forget the majesty of astronaut Jim Irwin standing before the stark beauty of the Moon’s Hadley Apennine mountain … Continue reading

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InSight: Five things to know about its landing

Every Mars landing is a knuckle-whitening feat of engineering. But each attempt has its own quirks based on where a spacecraft is going and what kind of science the mission intends to gather.  On Nov. 26, NASA will try to … Continue reading

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InSight: NASA Launches a new podcast to Mars

NASA has a new mission to Mars, and it’s taking podcast listeners along for the ride. Launching today, the eight-episode series “On a Mission” follows the InSight lander as it travels hundreds of millions of miles and attempts to land … Continue reading

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Mars 2020: Parachute design is a ‘Go’

In the early hours of Sept. 7, NASA broke a world record. Less than 2 minutes after the launch of a 58-foot-tall (17.7-meter) Black Brant IX sounding rocket, a payload separated and began its dive back through Earth’s atmosphere. When … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Possible rock falls on steep slopes

Possible rock falls on steep slopes in Cerberus Fossae. Our goal here is to take “before” images at HiRISE resolution in order to identify fresh rockfalls that might be able to be associated with seismic events or Marsquakes detected by … Continue reading

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InSight: NASA landing briefing, October 31

NASA’s upcoming landing of the first-ever mission to study the heart of Mars will be the topic of a media briefing at 1:30 p.m. EDT (10:30 a.m. PDT) Wednesday, Oct. 31 at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The briefing will air … Continue reading

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InSight: Studying Mars while standing still

You don’t need wheels to explore Mars. After touching down in November, NASA’s InSight spacecraft will spread its solar panels, unfold a robotic arm … and stay put. Unlike the space agency’s rovers, InSight is a lander designed to study … Continue reading

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