Category: Inner Solar System

NASA Works to Save Mars InSight Lander’s Stuck Heat Probe

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL- NASA engineers are hard at work trying to save the stuck heat probe on the agency’s InSight lander – which is on a mission to explore the deep interior of Mars since successfully soft landing last November.  This past weekend the team commanded InSight to position its robotic arm to assist the spacecraft’s self-hammering heat probe. Known as “the mole,” the probe

NASA Selects New Technology Partnerships for Moon and Mars Explorations

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – NASA has announced the selection of 14 American companies for technology partnerships in the agency’s ‘Tipping Point’ program to help enable the agency’s Moon to Mars exploration approach and return to our nearest neighbor and land astronauts on the Moon by 2024 under the Project Artemis program. The selections address technology areas such as cryogenic propellant production and management, sustainable

NASA Mars 2020 Rover Takes a Spin

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have taken the agency’s SUV-sized Mars 2020 rover for a spin so to speak. And its all in the name of science ! As assembly of the Mars 2020 rover nears completion, the team needs to determine the six wheeled robots center of gravity so that it can travel smoothly and safely as she

Mars Helicopter Attached to NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  The first aircraft set to fly on another planet – namely NASA’s Mars Helicopter – has now been attached to the belly of NASA’s 2020 rover which will deliver it to the surface of the Red Planet during a soft landing via the skycrane maneuver targeted for Jezero Crater in Feb. 2021. “Engineers attached NASA’s Mars Helicopter, which will be the

NASA Invites Students to Name Next Mars Rover

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  Student Alert !! NASA needs you to help name the next American rover launching to the Red Planet – Mars!! NASA has announced a naming contest for its next Martian robot to drive across the surface of the Red Planet – starting now. NASA is inviting K-12 students all across the US to help find a

India Finds Vikram Lander on Moon with Attempts to Make Contact In Progress

TITUSVILLE, FL –  Indian scientists have found the location of their ambitious Vikram lunar lander on the Moon’s surface this weekend via imaging from their Chandrayaan-2 orbiting mothership – after it was feared lost when contact was lost on Friday, Sept. 6  in the final moments of descent for India’s first attempt to soft land a robotic probe on the Moon’s rugged surface in a