“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.
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.
Visit The Planetary Society’s Bruce Murray Space Image library for beautiful photos of Mars, including many not available elsewhere
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Mars InSight landing infographic
Advance predictions for the details of InSight's landing made several weeks beforehand. Adjustments to the trajectories of InSight or Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter may change these times by up to several seconds, as could weather on landing day. All times include 8.1 minutes of one-way light time delay (accounting for the time it takes signals to travel from Mars to Earth). Abbreviations used in the labels: EDL = entry, descent, and landing; E = entry; T = touchdown; h m s = hours, minutes, and seconds; UT = Universal Time (subtract 8 hours for Pacific, 5 for Eastern, add 1 for European time, add 8 for Japan). Revised 15 November 2018 to correct an error in InSight's atmospheric entry speed.
NASA / JPL-Caltech / USGS (image); Emily Lakdawalla (map)
Map of all Mars landing sites, failed and successful
This map represents the best known positions for all Mars landers, successful, failed, and planned. Gridlines are spaced 10 degrees apart, with 0 longitude at the center. White text denotes successful missions; gray text, failed missions; blue text, future missions.
Interview with Principal Investigator Bruce Banerdt from inside the InSight clean room prior to launch
Audio interview with Principal Investigator Bruce Banerdt
Mars InSight Landing - Viewing Party and Discussion
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.