WATCH THE LIVESTREAM: InSight Landing on Mars; coverage starts November 26 at 1:00pm CST

NASA Brings Mars Landing to Viewers Everywhere

Illustration shows a simulated view of NASA's InSight lander firing retrorockets to slow down as it descends toward the surface of Mars.
This illustration shows a simulated view of NASA’s InSight lander firing retrorockets to slow down as it descends toward the surface of Mars.¬†Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander is scheduled to touch down on the Red Planet at approximately noon PST (3 p.m. EST) on Nov. 26, and viewers everywhere can watch coverage of the event live on NASA Television, the agency’s websiteand social media platforms.

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.

Broadcast Schedule

All NASA TV news conferences will be available on the agency’s website at Briefing times and speakers are subject to change. The public may ask questions on social media during the events by tagging them with #askNASA.

Wednesday, Nov. 21

  • 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) – News conference: Mission engineering overview
  • 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) – News conference: Mission science overview

Sunday, Nov. 25

  • 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) – News conference: Final pre-landing update
  • 1 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST) – NASA Social: InSight team Q&A

Monday, Nov. 26: Landing Day

  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST (2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST) – Live landing commentary on the NASA TV Public Channel and online. In addition, an uninterrupted, clean feed of cameras from inside JPL mission control, with mission audio only, will be available at the same time on the NASA TV Media Channel, at at
  • About 12 noon PST (3 p.m. EST) – Expected time of InSight touchdown on Mars
  • No earlier than 2 p.m. PST (5 p.m. EST) – Post-landing news conference

To watch news conferences and commentary online, you can also visit:

A complete list of ways to watch online can be found at:

Public Viewing Parties Around the World

About 80 live viewing events for the public to watch the InSight landing will be held worldwide. Major viewing locations include:

–Times Square, New York*

–American Museum of Natural History, New York

–Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York

–Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia*

–U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama*

–Space Center Houston*

–Adler Planetarium, Chicago

–Denver Museum of Nature and Science

–California Science Center, Los Angeles*

–For a complete list of landing event watch parties, go to:

*These venues will have NASA representatives