NASA Prepares to Say ‘Farewell’ to InSight Spacecraft

NASA Prepares to Say ‘Farewell’ to InSight Spacecraft

A closer look at what goes into wrapping up the mission as the spacecraft’s power supply continues to dwindle. The day is approaching when NASA’s Mars InSight lander will fall silent, ending its history-making mission to reveal secrets of the Red Planet’s interior. The spacecraft’s power generation continues to decline as windblown dust on its solar panels […]

NASA’s InSight Lander Detects Stunning Meteoroid Impact on Mars

NASA’s InSight Lander Detects Stunning Meteoroid Impact on Mars

The agency’s lander felt the ground shake during the impact while cameras aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted the yawning new crater from space. NASA’s InSight lander recorded a magnitude 4 marsquake last Dec. 24, but scientists learned only later the cause of that quake: a meteoroid strike estimated to be one of the biggest […]

Why NASA Is Trying to Crash Land on Mars

Why NASA Is Trying to Crash Land on Mars

Like a car’s crumple zone, the experimental SHIELD lander is designed to absorb a hard impact. NASA has successfully touched down on Mars nine times, relying on cutting-edge parachutes, massive airbags, and jetpacks to set spacecraft safely on the surface. Now engineers are testing whether or not the easiest way to get to the Martian […]

Curiosity Mars Rover Reaches Long-Awaited Salty Region

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Reaches Long-Awaited Salty Region

The rover has arrived at a special region believed to have formed as Mars’ climate was drying. After journeying this summer through a narrow, sand-lined pass, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover recently arrived in the “sulfate-bearing unit,” a long-sought region of Mount Sharp enriched with salty minerals. Scientists hypothesize that billions of years ago, streams, and […]

NASA’s Stakeholder Collaborations Help Inform Moon to Mars Planning

NASA’s Stakeholder Collaborations Help Inform Moon to Mars Planning

NASA released a revised version of its Moon to Mars objectives Tuesday, forming a blueprint for shaping exploration throughout the solar system. These guideposts in the agency’s Moon to Mars exploration approach will help shape NASA’s investments, as well as those of the agency’s industry and international partners, toward the Moon and beyond. Starting with 50 draft […]

Weekend COMMS Report

Jim’s Weekend COMMS Report with highlights from the Space Channel Digital Newsroom, a new and innovative approach to content delivery powered by Artificial Intelligence, Neural Language Processing and Procedurally Generated Animation. This Weekend’s Report covers: Blue Origin’s Uncrewed NS-23 Experience’s In-Flight Failure just over a minute into Flight NASA’s Perseverance Rover Investigates Geologically Rich Mars […]

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Investigates Geologically Rich Mars Terrain

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Investigates Geologically Rich Mars Terrain

NASA’s Perseverance rover is well into its second science campaign, collecting rock-core samples from features within an area long considered by scientists to be a top prospect for finding signs of ancient microbial life on Mars. The rover has collected four samples from an ancient river delta in the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater since July 7, […]

NASA Marks 25 Years Since Pathfinder Touched Down on Mars

NASA Marks 25 Years Since Pathfinder Touched Down on Mars

When a daring team of engineers put a lander and the first rover on the Red Planet a quarter century ago, they changed how the world explores. On a July evening in 1997, Jennifer Trosper drove home from work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory holding a picture of the Martian surface to her steering wheel. […]

NASA to Return Mars Samples to Earth in 2033

NASA to Return Mars Samples to Earth in 2033

This advanced mission architecture will include two sample recovery helicopters. NASA has finished the system requirements review for its Mars Sample Return Program, which is nearing completion of the conceptual design phase. During this phase, the program team evaluated and refined the architecture to return the scientifically selected samples, which are currently in the collection […]

Impulse Space and Relativity Space Announce First Commercial Mission to Mars

IMPULSE SPACE AND RELATIVITY SPACE ANNOUNCE FIRST COMMERCIAL MISSION TO MARS

Led by SpaceX founding member, Tom Mueller, Impulse will deliver the first commercial payload to Mars’ surface on Relativity’s fully reusable, entirely 3D printed launch vehicle, Terran R; this historic and exclusive partnership rapidly advances Impulse’s and Relativity’s shared goal of a multi-planetary existence for humanity Impulse Space today announced a partnership and launch mission with Relativity […]