Media Contacts

Policy/Program Management
NASA Headquarters | Washington, D.C.

Dwayne Brown

JoAnna Wendel

InSight Mission
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory | Pasadena, California

D.C. Agle
818-653-6297 (cell)

Andrew Good
626-840-4291 (cell)

Jia-Rui Cook
626-524-6483 (cell)

Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Tori McLendon

Lockheed Martin Space | Denver, Colorado

Dani Hauf

Launch Vehicle and Operations
United Launch Alliance | Cape Canaveral, Florida

Heather Mowad

Launch Site
Vandenberg Air Force Base | Central, California

Lt. Amy Rasmussen

NASA Discovery Program
Marshall Space Flight Center | Huntsville, Alabama

Molly Porter

Science Payload Instruments

Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure
Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) | Paris, France

Claire Dramas

Nathalie Journo

Technology Demonstration

Mars Cube One
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory | Pasadena, California

Andrew Good
626-840-4291 (cell)

Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) | Berlin, Germany

Manuela Braun

Products and Events

News Releases, Features and Status Reports

Mission news, updates and feature stories about InSight will be available at:, and

Video and Images

An InSight media reel is available here.

A Mars Cube One media reel is available here.

Video and images related to the InSight mission are available at: JPL Raw Vimeo, Planetary Photojournal and the NASA Image and Video Library.

The NASA image use policy is available here.

The JPL image use policy is available here.

Media Events

The most up-to-date information about upcoming InSight media events and where they may be viewed can be found on the InSight launch page. More information on NASA TV and streaming channels can be found below in the press kit’s “how to watch” section.


A news conference presenting an overview of the mission will take place at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., on March 29, 2018, at 2 p.m. PDT (5 p.m. EDT).

If a May 5 launch attempt is still planned, a pre-launch briefing open to accredited news media and NASA Social participants is scheduled on May 3, 2018, at 1 p.m. PDT (4 p.m. EDT) at Vandenberg Air Force Base. This program will be broadcast and streamed. A post-launch news conference at Vandenberg Air Force Base may begin approximately two to three hours after launch.

Media Opportunity

U.S. media are invited to view the InSight lander Friday, April 6, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, where it undergoes final tests for its May launch. Media planning to attend this event must send their driver's license number and state of issue, date of birth, and name of their media outlet and editor's contact information, to 2nd Lt. Amy Rasmussen at no later than 12 p.m. PDT (3 p.m. EDT), Friday, March 30. Due to space restrictions, only two representatives from each media outlet will be allowed to participate. More information will be provided to registered media regarding access, arrival and event times as details are finalized.

Live Launch Feed

A live video feed of key launch activities and commentary from the mission control room at Vandenberg Air Force Base will be broadcast. If a May 5 launch attempt is still planned, it is expected to be broadcast starting at 3:30 a.m. PDT (6:30 a.m. EDT). The first launch opportunity begins at 4:05 a.m. PDT (7:05 a.m. EDT) on May 5 and lasts for two hours.

The first launch opportunity begins at 4:05 a.m. PDT (7:05 a.m. EDT) on May 5 and lasts for two hours.

On-Site Media Logistics

News media representatives who would like to cover the InSight launch and pre-launch media briefings in person at Vandenberg Air Force Base must be accredited through Vandenberg. Journalists may contact Lt. Amy Rasmussen at 805-606-3595 or for more information.

Non-U.S. journalists must apply for credentials by Monday, April 2, 12:00 p.m. PDT (3:00 p.m. EDT); U.S. journalists by Wednesday, April 18, 12:00 p.m. PDT (3:00 p.m. EDT).

Interviews in the Vandenberg area may be arranged by calling a JPL media representative at 626-864-0552 or 626-773-0370.

Public Viewing Locations

On May 5, there will be two official public viewing sites in Lompoc (one at the Lompoc Airport and the other at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church) that are open to all. More information on these sites is available here.

How to Watch (Live and On Demand)

News briefings and launch commentary will be streamed on NASA TV,, and (On-demand recordings will also be available after the live events have finished on the YouTube and Ustream pages.) Any additional feeds or streams will be listed in the “Watch Online” section of

NASA TV channels are digital C-band signals carried by QPSK/DVB-S modulation on satellite Galaxy-13, transponder 11, at 127 degrees west longitude, with a downlink frequency of 3920 MHz, vertical polarization, data rate of 38.80 MHz, symbol rate of 28.0681 Mbps and 3/4 FEC. A Digital Video Broadcast-compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder is needed for reception.

Audio Only

Audio only of launch coverage will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, which may be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, "mission audio," the launch conductor’s countdown activities without NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on 321-867-7135.

Eyes on the Solar System

As soon as the InSight spacecraft separates from the second stage of its rocket and begins flying on its own, the public can begin following InSight’s path to Mars in real-time through NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System.

Eyes is available on the Web at

Additional Resources on the Web

Online and PDF versions of this press kit are available at here.

Additional detailed information about InSight is available here.

Social Media

Join the conversation and get mission updates from InSight, JPL and NASA via these accounts: