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On a Mission

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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

0:00 | Nov 19th, 2018

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.

0:00 | Nov 19th, 2018

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.

0:00 | Oct 29th, 2018

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.

0:00 | Oct 16th, 2018

Eight stories, one mission to outer space. “On a Mission,” a new podcast from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, launches October 29.