NASA Launches a New Podcast to Mars

NASA JPL On a Mission PodcastNASA has a new mission to Mars, and it’s taking podcast listeners along for the ride.

The eight-episode series “On a Mission” follows the InSight lander as it traveled hundreds of millions of miles and lands on Mars on November 26. “On a Mission” will be the first JPL podcast to track a mission during flight, through interviews with the InSight team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The episodes are available now at NASA, the InSight websiteSoundCloud and Apple Podcasts. Episode One lays out the odds of reaching the surface safely — fewer than half of Mars missions make it.

“When things go beautifully it looks easy, but it’s really not easy,” said Sue Smrekar, deputy principal investigator for the InSight mission. “Any kind of exploration is just not easy or guaranteed — ever.”

Narrated by host and science journalist, Leslie Mullen, and InSight team members, each episode blends humor and captivating storytelling to dig into the journey of the lander and the people who have spent years working on it. New episodes, running between 20 and 30 minutes, were released weekly as InSight approached Mars. The final episode covers the InSight landing on the Red Planet.

The lander is the first robotic explorer to study the planet’s “inner space” — its crust, mantle and core — in an effort to better understand the early formation of rocky planets in our inner solar system (Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars) and rocky exoplanets.

Future seasons of the podcast will focus on different missions and take listeners on new journeys through the universe.

For the latest InSight updates, follow the mission on Facebook and Twitter.

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