After a months-long voyage, it all comes down to six minutes.
That’s how long it will take the InSight lander to go from orbit to the surface of Mars, and you can watch the whole thing from the safety of your living room. Or office, or bathroom, or wherever you may be around 3:00 this afternoon.
It’s almost time! In less than 15 hours, I’ll plunge through the #Martian atmosphere. But before I do, my team tweaked my flight path one last time to ensure I’m on track for my #MarsLanding tomorrow. Read: https://t.co/6ekCBE2vUW pic.twitter.com/HiejIwCoHb
— NASAInSight (@NASAInSight) November 26, 2018
NASA is streaming the landing on its website, along with its Twitter feed and Facebook page, with live commentary beginning around 2:00 this afternoon. It is expected that sometime between 3:00 and 3:30, the craft will make Marsfall. You can watch the landing stream live below.
This will be the first time NASA has landed a craft on the Red Planet since 2012, when Curiosity first touched down. InSight won’t rove around like Curiosity; it will stay put and drill into the surface of Mars, as well as deploying seismometers to listen for Marsquakes. InSight will also beam radio waves back to Earth, allowing scientists to measure the wobble in Mars’ orbit, which may give some ‘insight’ as to what the Martian core is composed of.