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News Archive / Tagged: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • NASA’s Mars 2020 rover stacked for testing

    Jim SharkeyApril 25th, 2019

    NASA's Mars 2020 mission has reached a crucial milestone in preparation for its launch, currently scheduled for July of 2020. In recent weeks, major spacecraft components and test equipment have been tucked inside the entry capsule in a process known as 'vehicle stacking.'

  • Marsquake detected by InSight lander’s seismometer

    Laurel KornfeldApril 24th, 2019

    A small tremor in the Martian interior was detected by a highly-sensitive seismometer placed on the Red Planet by NASA's InSight lander.

  • NASA’s Mars Helicopter completes flight testing

    Jim SharkeyMarch 31st, 2019

    While multiple space agencies have landed spacecraft on other celestial bodies, none have flown in the skies above those worlds—but that may soon change.

  • Opportunity rover captured beautiful panoramic images before being felled by dust storm

    Laurel KornfeldMarch 14th, 2019

    Before a planet-wide dust storm silenced it forever, NASA's Opportunity Mars rover captured panoramic images from its location in Endeavour Crater.

  • 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."

  • 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.