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Graphic for podcast episode 97: Mars InSight. An artist's rendition of the InSight lander operating on the surface of Mars. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Podcast Episode 97: Mars InSight

NASA Mars InSight Lander Principal Investigator Bruce Banerdt discusses the first mission dedicated to studying the deep interior of Mars.

A meteoroid slammed into the surface of Mars on December 24, 2021, leaving this massive crater and ejecting boulders of water ice across a wide area. In the months that followed, two NASA teams pieced together what the impact was and what it reveals about the planet’s crust. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
Large Impact on Mars Is Rare Opportunity

Meteoroid leaves massive crater, ejects boulders of ice.

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Mariner 4 was the first spacecraft to take close-up photographs of another planet. Credit: NASA
This Month in NASA History: Mariner 4 Launches

Mission replaces wild ideas about Mars with the first stark images of the surface. 

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NASA’s X-57 ‘Maxwell’ is the agency’s first all-electric experimental aircraft, or X-plane, and is NASA’s first crewed X-plane in two decades. This is an illustration of this plane flying above a city. Credit: NASA
Podcast Episode 96: Airworthiness

NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Chief Engineer CJ Bixby discusses what it takes to achieve airworthiness.

Active regions on the sun combined to look something like a jack-o-lantern’s face on Oct. 8, 2014. The active regions appear brighter because those are areas that emit more light and energy — markers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona. This image blends together two sets of wavelengths at 171 and 193 angstroms, typically colorized in gold and yellow, to create a particularly Halloween-like appearance. This image is a blend of 171 and 193 angstrom light as captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO
October 2022 INSIGHT Now Available

Don’t miss the latest issue of INSIGHT, APPEL Knowledge Services’ online publication featuring our new podcasts, columns, articles, lessons learned and more. We invite you to read it today on our website.

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An illustration of the Europa Clipper flying in space with Jupiter's moon Europa in the background. Credit: NASA
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Tube Stub Weld Design Change

Strong lines of communication between designers and analysts must be maintained to ensure fidelity of analysis results as flight component configurations evolve.

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NASA teams returned to the Black Point Lava Flow, north of Flagstaff, Arizona in October, using the unusual terrain there to simulate conditions at the south pole of the Moon. Credit: NASA
Artemis Astronauts Visit Desert to Prepare for Moon

NASA returns to Black Point Lava Flow for analog missions.

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Screenshot of Bob Faw speaking during his interview. Credit: NASA
Critical Knowledge inSight: Psychological Safety for Effective Team Communication

Psychological safety and intentional meeting design and execution are important elements for collecting diverse ideas from your team.

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A full-scale model of the inflated aeroshell for NASA’s Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator (LOFTID) is displayed at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Credit: NASA/David C. Bowman
NASA Prepares for Hypersonic Test of Inflatable Decelerator

Technology could transform exploration of Mars, other planets.

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