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News Archive / Tagged: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Opportunity: All’s quiet on the Martian front…

    Jim SharkeyDecember 4th, 2018

    While the Martian skies have cleared of the dust that enveloped much of the Red Planet, NASA's Opportunity rover remains silent in Perseverance Valley. The rover was last heard from on June 10, 2018. As of November 27, the mission team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) had sent 359 recovery commands in a effort to wake the rover.

  • MarCO CubeSats perform successfully during InSight landing

    Laurel KornfeldNovember 28th, 2018

    Two CubeSats successfully monitored InSight's entry, descent, and landing on Mars and returned data to Earth hours before NASA's Mars orbiters came into position to transmit the data.

  • JPL’s Lucky Nuts work! InSight lander safely touches down on Mars

    Laurel KornfeldNovember 26th, 2018

    After traveling some 33.9 million miles (54.6 million kilometers), NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) robotic lander safely touched down on the surface of Mars at the Elysium Planitia region at 2:52 p.m. EST (11:52 a.m. PST / 19:53 GMT) today, Monday, Nov. 26.

  • Final ASPIRE test certifies Mars 2020 parachute

    Heather SmithNovember 6th, 2018

    NASA's Mars 2020 rover is one step closer to exploring the dusty plains of the Red Planet. A recent test has not only demonstrated the viability of a key system - it has also made history.

  • Sites and snapshots: Focus on Mars increasing with Mars 2020 and MarCO missions

    Jim SharkeyOctober 24th, 2018

    NASA's Mars 2020 rover and InSight's companion, Mars Cube One, continue to blaze a path to the flash-frozen world as word of a new possible location for Martian life emerges.

  • Opportunity spotted as dust settles on Mars

    Jim SharkeySeptember 27th, 2018

    NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, has been seen from high on orbit - but the rover still isn't responding.

  • GRACE-FO satellite to switch to backup system

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 24th, 2018

    One of NASA's twin Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) satellites is expected to switch to a backup system for its Microwave Instrument.

  • Curiosity Mars rover experiencing memory problem

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 20th, 2018

    While one NASA team attempts to reconnect with the 14-year-old Opportunity Mars rover following a planet-wide dust storm, engineers for another rover located on the opposite side of the planet are troubleshooting a glitch.

  • InSight 3 months from checking Mars’ temperature

    Jason RhianSeptember 4th, 2018

    While former NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski might have scaled Mount Everest, there are mountains on Mars that far outstrip even Everest's staggering 29,029-foot (8,848-meter) height. NASA has a spacecraft on its way to the Red Planet to try and find out why these peaks reach such heights.

  • JPL unveils efforts to explore Mars to NASA Administrator

    Jason RhianAugust 27th, 2018

    PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine paid a visit to the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory today, Monday Aug. 27, 2018 and was provided a review of NASA's efforts to explore the Red Planet.

  • InSight lander passes halfway mark on journey to Mars

    Derek RichardsonAugust 21st, 2018

    NASA’s InSight spacecraft passed the halfway mark Aug. 6, 2018, on its journey to Mars. In that time, the lander has performed two trajectory correction maneuvers and verified all of its instruments are working properly.

  • Juno solves lightning mystery, gets mission extension

    Joe LatrellJune 15th, 2018

    NASA's Juno probe, which has been in orbit around Jupiter since July, 2016 has provided scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) opportunities for research. One such research paper, recently published in Nature, helps explain the nature of Jupiter’s polar lightning.

  • NASA’s Opportunity rover goes silent as massive dust storm engulfs Mars

    Derek RichardsonJune 13th, 2018

    NASA’s long-lived Opportunity rover is currently weathering a massive dust storm—the largest the solar-powered rover has had to endure in its nearly 15 years of surface operations. The vehicle has been operating in Meridiani Planum since January 2004.

  • Correction maneuver puts NASA’s InSight lander on path to Mars

    Laurel KornfeldMay 24th, 2018

    The first and largest of six planned course correction maneuvers directing NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport (InSight) lander to Mars was successfully completed Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

  • NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover tests new drilling method

    Jim SharkeyMay 23rd, 2018

    NASA's Curiosity Mars rover may soon be back to drilling rocks on the Red Planet. Engineers with the rover team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have been working for the past year to restore the rover's full drilling capabilities, which were hampered by a mechanical problem in 2016.