NASA InSight: The Science and Engineering of a Mars Lander
Original Air Date: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
PART 1: Engineering Briefing
Prior to landing on the Red Planet NASA discusses the engineering that went into the InSight lander. Launched on May 5, InSight marks NASA's first Mars landing since the Curiosity rover in 2012. The landing will kick off a two-year mission in which InSight will become the first spacecraft to study Mars' deep interior. Its data also will help scientists understand the formation of all rocky worlds, including our own.
InSight is being followed to Mars by two miniature NASA spacecraft, jointly called Mars Cube One (MarCO), the first deep-space mission for CubeSats. If MarCO makes its planned Mars flyby, it will attempt to relay data from InSight as it enters the planet's atmosphere and lands.
InSight and MarCO flight controllers will monitor the spacecraft's entry, descent and landing from Mission Control at JPL.
- Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator
- Tom Hoffman, InSight project manager at JPL
- Stu Spath, InSight Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Science
- Rob Grover, Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) Phase Lead for InSight, NASA-JPL
- Anne Marinan, MarCO-B Mission Manager, NASA-JPL
PART 2: Science Overview
Lori Glaze, Acting Director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters
Bruce Banerdt, InSight Principal Investigator, NASA-JPL
Sue Smrekar, InSight Deputy Principal Investigator, NASA-JPL
Philippe Laudet, SEIS (Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure) Project Manager, CNES (French
Tilman Spohn, HP 3 (Heat Flow and Physical Properties Probe) Principal Investigator, DLR
(German Aerospace Agency)