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News Archive / Tagged: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Rock and a hard place: InSight experiment encounters setback

    Jim SharkeyMarch 7th, 2019

    Even successful robotic missions can encounter obstacles. This appears to be the case with NASA's Mars InSight lander and its self-hammering "mole."

  • Curiosity rover functional again after system restart

    Lloyd CampbellFebruary 28th, 2019

    NASA’s Curiosity rover suffered an anomaly doing a boot-up sequence Feb. 15 causing it to enter safe mode. It was brought out of safe mode four days later.

  • Farewell Opportunity: NASA ends efforts to contact silent Mars rover

    Jim SharkeyFebruary 13th, 2019

    NASA said efforts to regain communications with the Opportunity Mars rover have ended, concluding one of the agency's most successful missions.

  • MarCO CubeSats no longer communicating with Earth

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 7th, 2019

    Twin tiny satellites launched with NASA's Mars InSight lander have been out of touch with mission controllers on Earth for slightly over a month.

  • Dome-shaped shield provides protection to InSight seismometer

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 6th, 2019

    The seismometer on NASA's Mars InSight mission was provided with a dome-shaped shield for protection from the planet's extreme temperature variations.

  • NASA trying to reestablish contact with Opportunity rover

    Jason RhianJanuary 29th, 2019

    Engineers are sending new commands to Mars rover Opportunity, addressing "low-likelihood" scenarios that could be preventing the vehicle from communicating.

  • InSight lander deploys seismometer on Mars

    Paul KnightlyJanuary 15th, 2019

    NASA's InSight Mars lander has been busy getting its suite of instruments prepared for regular use to explore the interior of the Red Planet.

  • InSight team creates Martian rock garden, lander begins work

    Jim SharkeyDecember 22nd, 2018

    Using tools ranging from rakes and shovels to augmented reality headsets, engineers with NASA's Mars InSight mission have built a Martian rock garden which recreates the lander's new home on Mars. This allows engineers to practice placing science instrument on the surface using InSight's Earth-bound twin - ForeSight.

  • 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.