NASA, Partner Establish New Research Group for Mars Sample Return Program – NASA Mars Exploration

Mars Sample Retrieval Lander Concept Illustration: This illustration shows a concept for a proposed NASA Sample Retrieval Lander that would carry a small rocket (about 10 feet, or 3 meters, tall) called the Mars Ascent Vehicle to the Martian surface. Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech. Download image › Sixteen scientists from the US, Europe, Canada, … Read more

Largest Marsquake Ever Recorded by InSight and It Could Be The Lander’s Last Big One

Time is running out for NASA’s InSight lander on Mars. The plucky mission that landed on the red planet in late November 2018 and since then (with a few hiccups), it has been diligently recording seismic activity. The primary goals of InSight were to better understand how geologically active Mars might be and map out … Read more

Dusty InSight Mars Lander Takes Its Final Selfie | Smart News

InSight’s final selfie, taken in April 2022. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA’s InSight Mars lander has taken what will likely be its final selfie on the Red Planet. The photo shows a mounting layer of Martian dust that’s engulfing its solar panels, forcing the robot to end its exploratory mission. The space agency shared InSight’s … Read more

NASA’s Mars InSight lander snaps dusty ‘final selfie’ as power dwindles

NASA’s InSight lander is completely caked with a thick layer of Martian dust in its latest selfie, which the agency says will likely be the last of the mission. The solar-powered InSight lander is only working at about one-tenth of its landing capacity of 5,000 watt-hours, the agency said in a press conference May 17, … Read more

NASA Announces InSight Lander on Mars May Only Have a Few Months Left

The InSight Mars lander will cease science operations sometime in the next few months due to a decreasing power supply, mission managers said at a news conference on May 17. Martian dust covering the solar panels has reduced the amount of power to roughly 500 watt-hours per Mars day or sol. When InSight landed in … Read more

Power Levels Diminishing for NASA’s Marsquake Hunting InSight Lander

Illustration of NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) Credit: NASA Dusty solar panels and darker skies are expected to bring the[{” attribute=””>Mars lander mission to a close around the end of this year. NASA’s InSight Mars lander is progressively losing power and will likely end science operations later this summer. … Read more

NASA’s InSight rover nears end of scientific life but the work is just beginning – Pasadena Star News

Since landing on Mars in late 2018, NASA’s InSight Mars lander has paved the way for groundbreaking discoveries that will be studied for decades, according to a team of researchers heading the interplanetary expedition. But the rover is gradually losing power, forcing scientists to prepare for the sunset of their mission sometime this summer. Using … Read more

Mars lander InSight has few months to live on Red Planet

NASA’s Marsquake-seeking lander is squeezing out as much science as possible amid dwindling power supplies, but it likely only has a few months left for its mission. The Mars lander InSight is battling a long-term accumulation of dust on its solar panels and is down to one-tenth of its available landing power of 5,000 watt-hours, … Read more

‘Monster’ Quake on Mars Is The Biggest Ever Recorded on Another Planet, NASA Says

In terms of seismic events on the red planet (or indeed any other planet besides Earth), this is the biggest one recorded so far: the NASA InSight lander has recorded a ‘monster’ of a marsquake, which is estimated to have hit magnitude 5 on the scale used on Earth. That beats the previous record holder, … Read more

NASA’s InSight Records Monster Quake on Mars – The Largest Ever Detected on Another Planet

An artist illustration of the InSight lander on Mars. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough checkup since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech Estimated to be magnitude 5, the quake is the strongest ever detected … Read more