We admit we used a play on words when we stated “drone” when we really meant to say “spacecraft,” but it’s still a very awesome event we felt worth mentioning.
It’s been just over six years since NASA successfully landed the Curiosity rover on the rusty red planet of Mars and with a little luck and a lot of math skills, NASA plans to do it again with the InSight Mars Landing November 26, 2018.
The fun begins around 2:00 PM EST US with live coverage on the NASA website (https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive) with an uninterrupted clean feed from cameras within the InSight rover, and mission control audio only available on NASA TV. NASA has also set up 80 public viewing locations across the United States, as well as a provided a full list of websites broadcasting InSight landing events.
The landing kicks off a two-year mission in which InSight will become the first spacecraft to study Mars’ deep interior to help scientists understand the formation of all rocky worlds, including our own.
InSight is being followed to Mars by two mini-spacecraft comprising NASA’s 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.