Nasa’s InSight Mars lander ‘wake’s up’ after dust storm

NASA A Nasa robot is dusting itself down after an intense storm on the red planet forced it into safe mode earlier this month. While it is said to be back to “more normal operations”, InSight, a NASA spacecraft which touched down on Mars in 2018, is still operating on reduced power. While the craft … Read more

NASA’s InSight Mars lander hunkering down in Red Planet dust storm

One of NASA’s Mars robots is in safe mode to save power while a dust storm blocks its solar panels from charging. The InSight lander, which is designed to study the interior of Mars, is stable in its safe mode, which the spacecraft initiated on Jan. 7, the agency said in a mission status update … Read more

NASA’s Mars Insight Lander Uses Wind-Induced Vibrations To Reveal the Red Planet’s Subsurface Layers

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 check up since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. The mission is looking for tectonic activity and meteorite impacts, studying how much heat is … Read more

Blue Origin’s lawsuit dismissed. SpaceX is the only supplier of NASA’s lunar lander

The United States Court of Federal Claims dismissed Blue Origin’s August complaint that it did not accept NASA’s choice of a preferred supplier for a new manned lunar lander. The contractor was SpaceX, although before the announcement of the outcome of the procedure, the American space agency repeatedly declared its intention to select two competitive … Read more

Blue Origin’s suit for a manned lunar lander denied

Blue Origin’s suit for a manned lunar lander denied Thursday, November 4, 2021 7:45 PM (edit) Visualization showing the moon version of Starship on the surface of the Silver Globe (Source: SpaceX) Visualization showing the moon version of Starship on the surface of the Silver Globe (Source: SpaceX) US Court of Federal Claims United States … Read more

NASA Told to Pick Second Company to Build Moon Lander

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been told by the Senate to pick a second company to build the moon lander that will be used for the space agency’s Artemis program. NASA initially decided to award the contract only to SpaceX despite being expected to pick out two of the three companies that … Read more

NASA’s InSight Lander Measures One Of The Biggest And Longest Marsquakes Yet

NASA‘s InSight lander has measured one of the biggest and longest marsquakes yet, which featured tremors of 4.2 magnitude lasting nearly an hour and a half, the space agency said. The robotic seismometre celebrated 1,000 days on the Red Planet on September 18, when it detected the largest tremor since it arrived at the Elysium … Read more

Space dust: A novel cure for a lunar lander killer

Landing a spacecraft on the lunar surface is tricky. As any engineer can tell you, dust doesn’t help. Billions of grains of crushed rock, called regolith, are kicked up during a rocket-assisted landing, a huge impediment to creating reliable, reusable landers. Dust is also a notorious killer of robots, which is a critical issue for the … Read more

NASA Thrilled as Mars Lander Captures Stunning Close-Ups of the Planet’s Surface

The U.S. space agency NASA’s Perseverance Rover has been exploring Mars’ Jezero Crater for 217 Earth days, searching for signs of ancient life. Its seven powerful cameras have been sending high-definition images back to researchers on Earth as they try to piece together billions of years of Martian history. The cameras can focus on tiny … Read more

New Satellite Photo of Tiny Perseverance on Mars Will Give You All The Feelings

Occasionally, as various orbiters make their rounds of Mars, they spot their ground-based friends far below. In a new image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Perseverance has made a guest appearance. From hundreds of kilometers above the red planet, the rover appears as a tiny speck in the South Séítah region of the Jezero … Read more