PASADENA, California - NASA's Mars science lander InSight touched down safely on the surface of the Red Planet on Monday to begin its 2-year mission as the first spacecraft designed to explore the deep interior of another world. Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) near Los Angeles burst into cheers and applause as they received signals confirming InSight's arrival on Martian soil - a vast, barren plain near the planet's equator - shortly before 3 p.m. EST (2000 GMT) Minutes later, JPL controllers received a fuzzy "selphie" photograph of the probe's new surroundings on the Red Planet, showing the edge of one lander leg beside a rock. The landing data and first image were relayed to Earth from 1 of 2 miniature satellites that were launched along with InSight and were flying past Mars as it reached its destination. The landing capped a 6-month journey of 301 million miles (548 million km) from Earth, following InSight's launch from California in May. Carrying instruments that … [Read more...] about News NASA’s InSight lands on Mars for unprecedented seismic mission
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NASA's efforts in digital communications have been recognized with nominations for six Webby Awards, the highest honor for online communications with a solar eclipse visual and the demise of one of NASA's most successful planetary mission made 2017 making it the agency's biggest year for online engagement."NASA's digital engagement involves dozens of people across the agency," said NASA's associate administrator for communications, Jen Rae Wang. "We're really pleased that our efforts are being recognized again."NASA's six nominations for Webby Awards are for:NASA.gov website for Government & Civil InnovationSolar System Exploration website for ScienceNASA Climate Change website for GreenExoplanet Exploration website for WeirdNASA Snapchat for Content and Marketing: Education & DiscoveryNASA JPL Social Media for Social Corporate CommunicationsNASA JPL's Real-time Cassini Grand Finale was also honored in the Best Use of Online Media Category.Starting from April 19, people vote … [Read more...] about NASA Nominated for Six 2018 Webby Awards
NASA is registering names to send to Mars. Yes, you read it right. The space agency is asking for names from the public, who want their names to reach the Red Planet. It will send the names on a microchip on board the InSight robotic lander, which is expected to reach Mars in November 2018. In 2015, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration had invited people to submit their names to be put on a microchip on board the spacecraft in its InSight mission. Now again the agency is asking for the same the second time. As per NASA, the first round had garnered around 827,000 names, submitted by people across the globe. This time 900,000 people have already given their names for the mission, reported News Nation. Bruce Banerdt, the principal investigator of the InSight mission, said, "Mars continues to excite space enthusiasts of all ages. This opportunity lets them become a part of the spacecraft that will study the inside of the Red Planet." Also Read: Massive solar blast hit Mars, … [Read more...] about Want your name to reach Mars? NASA can help
By Sarah Kaplan The Washington Post Fri., March 16, 2018 In March 2016, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly returned from an unprecedented 340-day mission on the International Space Station (ISS). A year later, his doctors released preliminary results of an extensive study comparing his health to that of his earthbound identical twin brother, Mark. And this past January, NASA announced that attendees at a recent scientific workshop agreed on the initial medical conclusion — that space travel takes a significant toll and can result in changes at the molecular level. At no point in that process was Scott Kelly zapped by an alien laser beam, attacked by a xenomorph or otherwise transfigured into a previously unknown mutant variety of human. But you wouldn’t know that from reading some of the coverage the January announcement inexplicably spawned this week — articles claiming that the mission activated Kelly’s “space genes,” that seven per cent … [Read more...] about Did a NASA astronaut’s DNA change after one year in space?
caption The last photo of “Starman” in Elon Musk’s red Tesla Roadster as it flies toward Mars orbit. Earth is the bright crescent seen in the background. source Elon Musk/SpaceX via Instagram NASA has a new planetary protection officer: astrobiologist Lisa Pratt. She’s tasked with protecting the Earth from alien invaders, and protecting the solar system from Earth’s trash. Protecting the Earth from aliens is less about keeping away “little green men” and more about making sure that foreign microbes don’t contaminate our planet. Pratt has a “leave no trace” ethic when it comes to the solar system, and she isn’t happy about the idea of red sports cars floating around aimlessly in space. There’s one person at NASA responsible for making sure aliens don’t invade the Earth. It’s a lofty … [Read more...] about NASA’s new planetary protection officer says she doesn’t want ‘another red Roadster up there in orbit’