Category: Mars

Apollo 8 Pilot Bill Anders: Sending Astronauts to Mars Would be ‘Almost Ridiculous’

One of the first astronauts to orbit the Moon said on Wednesday that it’s “stupid” to plan human missions to Mars. Bill Anders, who was the lunar module pilot for NASA’s Apollo 8 mission, told BBC Radio 5 Live that sending crews to the Red Planet would be “almost ridiculous.”

NASA’s InSight Lander Places First Instrument on Mars, Completes Major Mission Milestone

NASA’s InSight lander has deployed its first instrument onto the surface of Mars, completing a major mission milestone. New images from the lander show the seismometer on the ground, its copper-colored covering faintly illuminated in the Martian dusk.

NASA InSight Lander Arrives On Martian Surface to Learn What Lies Beneath

Mars has just received its newest robotic resident. NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile (458-million-kilometer) journey from Earth.

WATCH LIVE: NASA InSight Spacecraft Successfully Lands On Mars

NASA’s Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) spacecraft is on track for a soft touchdown on the surface of the Red Planet on Nov. 26, the Monday after Thanksgiving. But it’s not going to be a relaxing weekend of turkey leftovers, football and shopping for the InSight mission team.

SPACE EXPLORATION: NASA’s InSight Spacecraft Will Study Mars While Standing Still

You don’t need wheels to explore Mars. After touching down in November, NASA’s InSight spacecraft will spread its solar panels, unfold a robotic arm … and stay put. Unlike the space agency’s rovers, InSight is a lander designed to study an entire planet from just one spot.