Stu Spath of Lockheed Martin Space discusses NASA's InSight mission to Mars
Stu Spath of Lockheed Martin Space discusses NASA's InSight mission to Mars during a prelaunch briefing covered by NASA Social participants on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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NASA's InSight lander is scheduled for touchdown on Mars on a mission to study the planet's interior on Monday, Nov. 26. Apply to join the InSight NASA Social for a rare opportunity to experience landing live at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where the mission is managed. Collaborate with other artists, influencers, educators, storytellers, creators and curious minds throughout the two-day event.

On Nov. 25, go behind the scenes with the InSight team, and learn about their mission to map the deep interior of Mars and study marsquakes. On Nov. 26, share the spacecraft's landing on the Red Planet with NASA communicators, scientists and engineers.

Up to 30 NASA Social participants will be selected to have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in a televised pre-landing briefing
  • Speak with InSight mission scientists and engineers
  • Interact with NASA social media managers and fellow attendees
  • Tour special facilities around JPL, including mission control for all spacecraft beyond the Moon; an indoor "Mars Yard" featuring InSight spacecraft test hardware; and the laboratory where InSight chips were made to carry 2.4 million names to Mars
  • Experience landing alongside journalists and NASA team members

Previous NASA Socials hosted 360-degree photographers, Instagrammers, actors, musicians, teachers, graphic artists, writers, filmmakers, vloggers and others using digital tools to share experiences and inform audiences. Creators who can help tell NASA's story to an audience that the agency might not currently reach are encouraged to apply.

Registration for this event is now open. The deadline to apply is Sept. 3 at 8:59 p.m. PDT (11:59 p.m. EDT). All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough checkup since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. It is the first outer space robotic explorer to study in-depth the "inner space" of Mars: its crust, mantle and core.

JPL manages InSight for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. InSight is part of NASA's Discovery Program, managed by the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The InSight spacecraft, including cruise stage and lander, was built and tested by Lockheed Martin Space in Denver. A number of European partners, including France's Centre National d'√Čtudes Spatiales (CNES) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), are supporting the InSight mission.

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