On 26 November 2018 just before noon Pacific (3:00 p.m. ET / 20:00 UTC), NASA’s InSight lander will descend through Mars’ atmosphere and hopefully touch down softly on the surface of Mars.
Bill Nye, CEO, issued the following press statement:
“When InSight drills down into the Martian soil, we’ll learn more about how Mars and Earth formed. We’ll know more about where we all came from, and why these two rocky worlds are so similar yet so different. We may learn more about what kinds of planets can harbor life. InSight is more than a Mars mission—it’s a Solar System mission.”
The Planetary Society is pleased to provide information, expert analysis, and resources to journalists for this unique event.
- Emily Lakdawalla, senior editor and planetary evangelist, is a Mars subject matter expert and has created a guide to follow InSight’s landing. She is available for interviews either in person or remotely. She will be onsite at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Sunday, 25 November and Monday, 26 November.
- Bruce Betts, chief scientist, is a Mars subject matter expert and leads Planetary Society programs to excite and involve the public in space exploration. He is available for interviews in person or remotely.
- To schedule an interview, please contact [email protected].
- Follow @elakdawalla and @exploreplanets for real-time mission coverage.
- Visit The Planetary Society’s Bruce Murray Space Image library for beautiful photos of Mars, including many not available elsewhere
Interview with Principal Investigator Bruce Banerdt from inside the InSight clean room prior to launch
Audio interview with Principal Investigator Bruce Banerdt
The Planetary Society, in partnership with Caltech, will host a public viewing party and discussion during the landing events on 26 November. Mat Kaplan, host of Planetary Radio, will welcome a panel of experts who will provide commentary on the landing from the stage of Beckman Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.
26 November 2018 at 11:00 a.m. PT
Caltech's Beckman Auditorium
332 S Michigan Ave
Pasadena, California 91106
Media covering the InSight landing are invited to attend an informal reception at The Planetary Society’s Pasadena headquarters from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, 25 November 2018. Planetary Society staff, including senior editor Emily Lakdawalla, will be on hand to answer questions. A quiet conference room workspace and WiFi will be available. Dinner and drinks will be provided. RSVP with name and affiliation by 3:00 p.m. PT / 23:00 UT on Friday, 23 November 2018 to [email protected].
25 November 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. PT
The Planetary Society Headquarters
60 S Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, California 91101
About The Planetary Society
The Planetary Society has inspired millions of people to explore other worlds and seek other life. With the mission to empower the world's citizens to advance space science and exploration, its international membership makes the non-governmental Planetary Society the largest space interest group in the world. Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray and Louis Friedman founded The Planetary Society in 1980. Bill Nye, a longtime member of The Planetary Society's Board, serves as CEO.