NASA Announces Live Event For Insight Mars Landing This Month

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - 12:10PM
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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - 12:10PM
NASA Announces Live Event For Insight Mars Landing This Month
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In a statement on Tuesday, NASA announced that its Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander will reach the Red Planet on November 26, and the space agency is giving us Earthlings the opportunity to tune in for the special event.

InSight was launched towards Mars on May 5 with the purpose of excavating the planet's surface for the first time in history. On August 20, 120 days after the launch, the lander passed the halfway point and sent a selfie of its backshell to its team back home. This week, NASA announced that InSight will soon complete its journey, landing around 3PM EST on November 26 with flight controllers monitoring the entry, descent, and landing from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena. News conferences will be held on November 21 and on November 25, with a Q&A with the InSight team also planned for that Sunday. Day-of events will begin around 6AM on Monday and continue throughout the day.

For those unable to attend the live viewing events in California, NASA has released an online viewing schedule with links to its various YouTube, Ustream, and NASA TV channels. Commentary for the main event will begin around 2PM EST and there will be a post-landing conference around 5PM. 

NASA has also set up viewing parties at venues, museums, and science centers in major cities around the world for those who want to witness history with like-minded science fans. Times Square, Space Center Houston, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York, and ZEISS Grossplanetarium in Germany are among the locations currently listed, and it looks like the roster may be updated as we get closer to landing day. Where will you be to witness what may be one of the most important events of this century?

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