How to Watch NASA's Mars InSight Landing

How to Watch NASA's Mars InSight Landing
An artist's rendition of InSight's entry, descent, and landing on Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Tomorrow, November 26th, NASA will land its InSight Mars lander on the surface of Mars. Landing on Mars is tough- less than 50 percent of Mars missions have survived the landing- so this event is huge for the agency and everyone interested in planetary science.

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For that reason, NASA has done everything it can to make it possible for everyone to follow along. "Your view from at home on your computer watching the NASA feed of a mission is not that different from what I'm going to be seeing in the control room. We are putting it all out there." said InSight's principal investigator, Bruce Banerdt.

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InSight Landing Timeline. Credit: NASA

The easiest way for the public to watch the Mars InSight Landing live is on NASA TV, where mission scientists at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California will talk about their work, the landing, and the mission. For anyone interested in the science behind the mission, news briefings with the scientists and engineers from the week will replay on NASA TV as well.

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InSight spacecraft approaching Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The NASA Mars InSight landing is scheduled to happen at approximately 2 p.m. CST, Monday, Nov. 26th, with live coverage from JPL beginning at 1 p.m. CST. Unlike launches, the landing time is set in stone, as the InSight team in Mission Control has no control over the entry, descent, or landing, but can only wait and listen for data from InSight.

You can livestream NASA TV at NASA.gov/live.

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NASA's InSight Mars Lander deploys its instruments. Credit: NASA

Two Chicago location will also be hosting public watch party events where the landing livestream will be playing. Chicago's Adler Planetarium will have astronomers on hand to explain the planetary science for InSight, explore the museum's Mars exhibits, learn more about Mars with hands on programs, and then watch as InSight lands on Mars. The Adler's InSight event runs from 10 am- 4pm CST.

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The Oak Lawn Public Library will also host a public event for members of the community to come together and watch the InSight landing live. The event is scheduled to coincide with the landing event from 1:45-2:45 pm CST.

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InSight lander on Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Once InSight has successfully landed on Mars, it will begin scanning the ground that immediately surrounds it. These scans will help engineers find the best resting places on the surface of Mars so that the science payloads can be unloaded onto the planet.

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