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NASA MEDIA TELECON WITH UPDATE ON MARS INSIGHT MISSION, May 17, 2022, virtual, 2:00 pm ET

(NASA Live)

NASA will hold a media telecon on May 11, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET to provide an update on the Mars InSight mission, which landed on Mars in 2018.  Audio will be livestreamed on NASA Live.

Participants are:

  • Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington
  • Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California
  • Kathya Zamora Garcia, InSight deputy project manager, JPL

NASA’s press release explains:

InSight landed in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars in November 2018 with the goal of studying the planet’s deep interior for the first time, using seismic signals to learn more about the properties of the crust, mantle, and core. Answering these questions helps shed light on how all rocky worlds form, including Earth and its Moon.

After InSight met the goals of its two-year-long prime mission, NASA extended the mission until December 2022. However, due to dust accumulation on its solar panels, InSight’s electrical power production is dropping, and the mission is unlikely to continue operations for the duration of its current extended mission unless its solar panels are cleared by a passing “dust devil” in Mars’ atmosphere.

Details

Date:
May 17, 2022
Time:
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm