InSight Lander News & Features

NASA to Measure Moonquakes With Help From InSight Mars Mission

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The technology behind the two seismometers that make up NASA’s Farside Seismic Suite was used to detect more than a thousand Red Planet quakes. The most sensitive instrument ever built to measure quakes and meteor strikes on other worlds is…

Article3 weeks ago

NASA InSight Study Finds Mars Is Spinning Faster

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Data sent by the spacecraft before it retired last December has provided new details about how fast the planet rotates and how much it wobbles.

Article11 months ago

NASA Retires InSight Mars Lander Mission After Years of Science

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NASA’s InSight mission has ended after more than four years of collecting unique science on Mars. Mission controllers at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California were unable to contact the lander after two consecutive attempts, leading them…

Article1 year ago

NASA Prepares to Say ‘Farewell’ to InSight Spacecraft

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Editor’s note: The text has been updated to include a reference to seismic data from NASA’s Viking missions to Mars. A closer look at what goes into wrapping up the mission as the spacecraft’s power supply continues to dwindle. The…

Article2 years ago

NASA’s InSight Lander Detects Stunning Meteoroid Impact on Mars

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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…

Article2 years ago

NASA’s InSight Waits Out Dust Storm

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InSight’s team is taking steps to help the solar-powered lander continue operating for as long as possible. NASA’s InSight mission, which is expected to end in the near future, saw a recent drop in power generated by its solar panels…

Article2 years ago

NASA’s InSight ‘Hears’ Its First Meteoroid Impacts on Mars

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The Mars lander’s seismometer has picked up vibrations from four separate impacts in the past two years. NASA’s InSight lander has detected seismic waves from four space rocks that crashed on Mars in 2020 and 2021. Not only do these…

Article2 years ago

NASA’s InSight Gets a Few Extra Weeks of Mars Science

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The mission’s team has chosen to operate its seismometer longer than previously planned, although the lander will run out of power sooner as a result. As the power available to NASA’s InSight Mars lander diminishes by the day, the spacecraft’s…

Article2 years ago

NASA’s InSight Still Hunting Marsquakes as Power Levels Diminish

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Dusty solar panels and darker skies are expected to bring the Mars lander mission to a close around the end of this year. NASA’s InSight Mars lander is gradually losing power and is anticipated to end science operations later this…

Article2 years ago