Category: NASA News and Space Discoveries

PHOTO OF THE DAY: NASA’s Mars InSight Lander Flexes Its Arm, Mission Scheduled for Two Earth Years

New images from NASA’s Mars InSight lander show its robotic arm is ready to do some lifting. With a reach of nearly 6 feet (2 meters), the arm will be used to pick up science instruments from the lander’s deck, gently setting them on the Martian surface at Elysium Planitia, the lava plain where InSight touched down on Nov. 26.

Mars New Home ‘a Large Sandbox’, Shown by NASA’s InSight Spacecraft

With InSight safely on the surface of Mars, the mission team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is busy learning more about the spacecraft’s landing site. They knew when InSight landed on Nov. 26 that the spacecraft had touched down on target, a lava plain named Elysium Planitia.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Arrives at Asteroid Bennu After 1.2 Billion-Mile Journey

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft completed its 1.2 billion-mile (2 billion-kilometer) journey to arrive at the asteroid Bennu Monday. The spacecraft executed a maneuver that transitioned it from flying toward Bennu to operating around the asteroid.

THIS WEEK @NASA: NASA InSight Spacecraft Arrives At Mars, ISS Next Crew Wraps Up Prelaunch Activities

NASA InSight spacecraft arrives at Mars after a nearly six month journey, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announces nine American companies who will help us get to the Moon, and the International Space Station’s next crew wraps up prelaunch activities … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!

Kennedy Space Center Annual “Holidays in Space” Celebration Set Dec. 14-30

The annual “Holidays in Space” celebration at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex returns with a new kinetic light show and breathtaking holiday décor. Just after Thanksgiving, guests will begin to see festive decorations throughout the visitor complex, setting the mood for the new show which begins December 14.