On a Mission

By National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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T Hop
 Dec 10, 2018
Fantastic information and well told narratives.


Eight stories, one mission to outer space. Follow the drama and hear voices from the InSight mission as it flies to Mars.

Episode Date
InSight is lining up to land on Mars. The trip from the top of the atmosphere to the surface of Mars is 6-and-a-half minutes of sheer terror.
Nov 19, 2018
We Are the World
Missions to outer space have come a long way since the days of Cold War competition. Farah Alibay finds that building relationships is a big part of building spacecraft.
Nov 19, 2018
Worlds of Wonder
Technology can take you to unexpected places. The MarCO cubesats, flying towards Mars with InSight, are breaking new ground on how far these small satellites can go.
Nov 13, 2018
Robots Lend a Hand
Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu is in charge of the InSight mission’s robotic arm and hand. His work on space robots has led him to give a helping hand back home.
Nov 13, 2018
A Matter of Life and Death
Earth is a living, dynamic world thanks to volcanoes and the planetary heat that fuels them. The InSight mission wants to see if Mars also has a heartbeat deep inside its cold exterior.
Nov 05, 2018
True Grit on the Road to Mars
Space missions often defy the odds, overcoming all obstacles. The people who work on these missions also face challenges to get where they are today. Marleen Martinez Sundgaard, the testbed lead for InSight, personifies this tenacious spirit.
Nov 05, 2018
Music of the Spheres
The Earth "rings" when earthquakes strike, just as vibrations through a bell create a ringing sound. The InSight mission will see if tremors cause Mars to chime with its own planetary song.
Oct 29, 2018
The Danger of Going to Mars
Many spacecraft have died trying to get to Mars. The current record for Mars missions is 18 successes, and 25 failures. The InSight mission hopes to improve the odds.
Oct 29, 2018
Episode 0, Trailer
Eight stories, one mission to outer space. “On a Mission,” a new podcast from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, launches October 29.
Oct 16, 2018