InSight

  • NASA's InSight Mars lander has captured the first selfie that shows the entire lander in all its glory. Using the same technique that the Curiosity rover employed for its self portraits, InSight used its robotic arm to collect 11 overlapping images that the space agency turned into a mosaic.
  • NASA has released a recording that captures the "sound" of the Martian winds for the first time ever. Collected on December 1 by the InSight mission, the low rumble was unexpectedly detected by the unmanned lander's seismographs and other sensors.
  • As it gears up for its two-year geological mission, NASA's Mars InSight lander has started flexing its almost 6-ft (2-m) robotic arm. One of the key pieces of equipment on the unmanned explorer, the arm will eventually be used to place experiments on the Martian surface.
  • ​​Less than a week has passed since NASA’s Insight spacecraft settled into its dusty landing site on the surface of Mars, but the intrepid science laboratory has already claimed a new record for power generation on the Red Planet. ​
  • NASA's InSight Mars lander is in good health as it completes its first day on the Martian surface and begins the first phase of its two-year mission to study of the interior of the Red Planet.
  • For the first time in over six years, a spacecraft has landed on Mars. At about 11:54 am PST (2:54 pm EST) this Monday, the unmanned NASA InSight lander touched down on the Red Planet at the Elysium Planitia in the northern hemisphere.
  • Back in May, NASA launched some extra luggage​ along with the Mars InSight lander – two briefcase-sized CubeSats named MarCO-A and MarCO-B. These two little spacecraft are the first of their kind to venture into deep space, and now they've sent us back their first glimpse of the Red Planet.
  • NASA's InSight mission is now over halfway to Mars and the space agency has confirmed that the lander's instruments are online and functioning normally. So far, the spacecraft has covered over 172 million mi (277 million km) since its May 5 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
  • NASA's InSight spacecraft has completed its first major course correction, setting it on its way to Mars. On May 22, the unmanned probe made a 40-second burn to not only alter the probe's trajectory, but to also protect the Red Planet from biocontamination by the mission's Centaur rocket booster.
  • In a nod to the famous Pale Blue Dot image sent back by Voyager 1, the MarCO-B CubeSat has beamed back its own image of the Earth and the Moon. It's the first image from the two MarCO CubeSats and was transmitted a day after they reached a distance of 1 million km (621.371 mi) from the Earth.
  • NASA has confirmed the two hitchhiking CubeSats that rode along with the InSight Mars probe during its historic launch are alive and well.
  • At 4:05 am PDT (11:05 GMT), NASA's historic InSight mission to Mars lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on the first leg of its 301 million mi (485 million km) journey.