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LSP InSight Presentation

Mar 11, 2019 - Mar 11, 2019 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted

On November 26, 2018, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mission Support Area erupted in celebration as they received confirmation that the Mars InSight lander successfully reached the Red Planet. Seven months prior on May 5, InSight launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard an Atlas V rocket, making it the first Mars mission to launch from the West Coast of the United States. InSight’s two-year mission began by snapping a dusty but clearly visible image of the Martian surface, capturing worldwide attention.

Now, InSight’s mission of studying the deep interior of Mars is underway and you can hear from the team who helped make it all possible. On March 11, join Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in welcoming special guests from NASA’s Launch Service Program (LSP), United Launch Alliance and InSight’s mission team. Together during an exclusive presentation, they will explore why ULA’s Atlas V rocket was selected for this mission, how they prepared the rocket for the journey, and what InSight is doing now, 300 million miles (485 million kilometers) away from Earth.

Special Guests Include:

NASA Launch Services Program Mission Manager Alicia Mendoza-Hill
InSight’s Principal Investigator W. Bruce Banerdt
United Launch Alliance Government Affairs Specialist Mark Mozena


There are two opportunities to hear from these experts, with presentations beginning at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. There will be a question and answer session after each presentation, so bring your top Mars questions. The presentations are included with daily admission, so be sure to include the event in your day!


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 An artist’s concept of the InSight lander and its cameras, sensors and instruments.

LSP InSight Presentation

Image Caption: An artist’s concept of the InSight lander and its cameras, sensors and instruments. Courtesy of NASA.gov.

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