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post Nov 22 2018, 07:55 PM
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Good morning from Los Angeles! Today at approximately 1954 GMT InSight will touch down in Elysium Planitia, and this is where we'll discuss all the events associated with that. NASA TV (link) will provide live coverage starting at 1900 GMT. Official status updates will be published here (link)

Here's a list of significant events (source: JPL). Times listed first are Earth-received US Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8):

11:40 a.m. PST (2:40 p.m. EST) — Separation from the cruise stage that carried the mission to Mars
11:41 a.m. PST (2:41 p.m. EST) — Turn to orient the spacecraft properly for atmospheric entry
11:47 a.m. PST (2:47 p.m. EST) — Atmospheric entry at about 12,300 mph (19,800 kph), beginning the entry, descent and landing phase
11:49 a.m. PST (2:49 p.m. EST) — Peak heating of the protective heat shield reaches about 2,700°F (about 1,500°C)
-15 seconds later — Peak deceleration, with the intense heating causing possible temporary dropouts in radio signals
11:51 a.m. PST (2:51 p.m. EST) — Parachute deployment
-15 seconds later — Separation from the heat shield
-10 seconds later — Deployment of the lander's three legs
11:52 a.m. PST (2:52 p.m. EST) — Activation of the radar that will sense the distance to the ground
11:53 a.m. PST (2:53 p.m. EST) — First acquisition of the radar signal
-20 seconds later — Separation from the back shell and parachute
-0.5 second later — The retrorockets, or descent engines, begin firing
-2.5 seconds later — Start of the "gravity turn" to get the lander into the proper orientation for landing
-22 seconds later — InSight begins slowing to a constant velocity (from 17 mph to a constant 5 mph, or from 27 kph to 8 kph) for its soft landing
11:54 a.m. PST (2:54 p.m. EST) — Expected touchdown on the surface of Mars
12:01 p.m. PST (3:01 p.m. EST) — "Beep" from InSight's X-band radio directly back to Earth, indicating InSight is alive and functioning on the surface of Mars
No earlier than 12:04 p.m. PST (3:04 p.m. EST), but possibly the next day — First image from InSight on the surface of Mars
No earlier than 5:35 p.m. PST (8:35 p.m. EST) — Confirmation from InSight via NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter that InSight's solar arrays have deployed


Get the peanuts ready, and let's land on Mars! smile.gif

GO INSIGHT!!!


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post Nov 26 2018, 05:01 PM
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3 out of 4 of Madrid's DSN antennas are on InSight and the MARCOs right now. smile.gif


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- nprev   InSight EDL   Nov 22 2018, 07:55 PM
- - MahFL   Mars looking real big on "Eyes".   Nov 26 2018, 04:38 PM
- - nprev   3 out of 4 of Madrid's DSN antennas are on InS...   Nov 26 2018, 05:01 PM
|- - Explorer1   QUOTE (nprev @ Nov 26 2018, 12:01 PM) 3 o...   Nov 26 2018, 05:07 PM
- - RoverDriver   I'm sure Spirit is thinking about it ;-) Paol...   Nov 26 2018, 05:23 PM
- - B Bernatchez   Good luck, everybody!   Nov 26 2018, 05:53 PM
- - nprev   Gotta say, there is a surprisingly large amount of...   Nov 26 2018, 06:52 PM
- - nprev   NASA TV live now!   Nov 26 2018, 07:00 PM
- - Explorer1   Live feed started....   Nov 26 2018, 07:02 PM
- - Ectahoosis   Hi! I'm new to this site. Thanks for letti...   Nov 26 2018, 07:23 PM
|- - Roby72   QUOTE (Ectahoosis @ Nov 26 2018, 08:23 PM...   Nov 26 2018, 07:28 PM
- - akuo   NASA TV Media channel is showing the Insight missi...   Nov 26 2018, 07:26 PM
|- - nprev   QUOTE (akuo @ Nov 26 2018, 12:26 PM) NASA...   Nov 26 2018, 07:33 PM
- - nprev   Just saw a shot of our chairman and founder djelli...   Nov 26 2018, 07:35 PM
- - nprev   Cruise stage sep in 2 min.   Nov 26 2018, 07:38 PM
- - nprev   MarCO UHF lock.   Nov 26 2018, 07:41 PM
- - Steve G   Parachute deployment is at Mach 1.66. What is Mach...   Nov 26 2018, 07:41 PM
- - nprev   Depends on the things you described, but in genera...   Nov 26 2018, 07:44 PM
- - nprev   MarCOs relaying data!   Nov 26 2018, 07:46 PM
- - Explorer1   Atmospheric entry....   Nov 26 2018, 07:47 PM
- - nprev   DEPLOY PEANUTS!!!!!!!   Nov 26 2018, 07:48 PM
- - nprev   CHUTE DEPLOYED!!!   Nov 26 2018, 07:51 PM
- - Bjorn Jonsson   Radar has locked on to ground...   Nov 26 2018, 07:54 PM
- - Steve5304   did we land   Nov 26 2018, 07:54 PM
- - nprev   T O U C H D O W N !!!!!!...   Nov 26 2018, 07:54 PM
- - Explorer1   TOUCHDOWN!   Nov 26 2018, 07:54 PM
- - Bjorn Jonsson   touchdown!!!!!!!!...   Nov 26 2018, 07:55 PM
- - Steve G   I'm getting too old for this kind of stress...   Nov 26 2018, 07:57 PM
|- - Steve5304   QUOTE (Steve G @ Nov 26 2018, 08:57 PM) I...   Nov 26 2018, 07:58 PM
- - Nix   YEAH !!!!!!!!...   Nov 26 2018, 07:57 PM
- - nprev   Standing by for X-band beep and maybe an image rel...   Nov 26 2018, 07:58 PM
- - kenny   8 soft landings out of 9 attempts since 1976 --- w...   Nov 26 2018, 07:58 PM
- - nprev   SURFACE IMAGE!!!! Dust cover is du...   Nov 26 2018, 07:59 PM
|- - Steve5304   QUOTE (nprev @ Nov 26 2018, 08:59 PM) SUR...   Nov 26 2018, 08:03 PM
|- - MahFL   Lander is nominal.   Nov 26 2018, 08:05 PM
|- - MahFL   RE: InSight EDL   Nov 26 2018, 08:07 PM
|- - MahFL   Post landing briefing at 5pm EST. QUOTE (Steve53...   Nov 26 2018, 08:10 PM
- - Paolo   It looks like a few bugs splattered on the camera ...   Nov 26 2018, 08:02 PM
- - nprev   RE: InSight EDL   Nov 26 2018, 08:06 PM
- - Steve G   Screen capture   Nov 26 2018, 08:06 PM
- - Steve5304   will that lens cover come off?   Nov 26 2018, 08:09 PM
- - Mongo   Slightly enhanced image:   Nov 26 2018, 08:12 PM
- - nprev   Yes, of course. Not till it's safe to do so, t...   Nov 26 2018, 08:13 PM
|- - Steve5304   QUOTE (nprev @ Nov 26 2018, 09:13 PM) Yes...   Nov 26 2018, 08:22 PM
- - fredk   First image up already! https://mars.nasa.gov/...   Nov 26 2018, 08:19 PM
|- - MahFL   QUOTE (fredk @ Nov 26 2018, 09:19 PM) Fir...   Nov 26 2018, 08:24 PM
|- - mcaplinger   QUOTE (fredk @ Nov 26 2018, 12:19 PM) Fir...   Nov 26 2018, 08:26 PM
||- - RoverDriver   QUOTE (mcaplinger @ Nov 26 2018, 12:26 PM...   Nov 26 2018, 08:48 PM
|- - atomoid   QUOTE (fredk @ Nov 26 2018, 12:19 PM) Fir...   Nov 26 2018, 08:26 PM
|- - MahFL   During the pre-landing briefings I did not hear an...   Nov 26 2018, 08:30 PM
|- - nprev   QUOTE (MahFL @ Nov 26 2018, 01:30 PM) Dur...   Nov 26 2018, 08:38 PM
- - Steve G   Okay, this is a quick ten minute job to remove the...   Nov 26 2018, 08:20 PM
- - nprev   Forum note: Later on today or possibly tomorrow af...   Nov 26 2018, 08:23 PM
- - galileo   Heres the link for the first picture from Insight:...   Nov 26 2018, 08:24 PM
- - nprev   NASA TV live coverage just ended, press brief at 1...   Nov 26 2018, 08:28 PM
- - Phil Stooke   "That was pretty quick, considering it's ...   Nov 26 2018, 08:30 PM
- - Phil Stooke   First image also here: https://mars.nasa.gov/reso...   Nov 26 2018, 08:31 PM
- - akuo   (The PNG file on the raw images site is not comple...   Nov 26 2018, 08:32 PM
- - Phil Stooke   Working on the assumption that it's never too ...   Nov 26 2018, 08:45 PM
|- - atomoid   QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ Nov 26 2018, 12:45 P...   Nov 26 2018, 09:28 PM
|- - Deimos   QUOTE (atomoid @ Nov 26 2018, 10:28 PM) d...   Nov 26 2018, 10:28 PM
- - lyford   Just got out of a work meeting, did I miss anythin...   Nov 26 2018, 08:51 PM
- - B Bernatchez   Congrats to the team.   Nov 26 2018, 09:07 PM
- - SpaceListener   The landing site looks a very good place for HP3 i...   Nov 26 2018, 09:30 PM
|- - nogal   QUOTE (SpaceListener @ Nov 26 2018, 09:30...   Nov 26 2018, 09:37 PM
|- - tedstryk   I did a quick and dirty cleanup of the initially t...   Nov 26 2018, 09:45 PM
- - nprev   Superb! Reminder: Press conference on NASA TV...   Nov 26 2018, 09:49 PM
- - dolphin   Congrats, team.   Nov 26 2018, 09:58 PM
- - nprev   Press conference live now, featuring JPL (and UMSF...   Nov 26 2018, 10:03 PM
|- - ElkGroveDan   QUOTE (nprev @ Nov 26 2018, 02:03 PM) Pre...   Nov 26 2018, 10:33 PM
|- - climber   QUOTE (ElkGroveDan @ Nov 26 2018, 11:33 P...   Nov 26 2018, 11:30 PM
|- - ElkGroveDan   QUOTE (climber @ Nov 26 2018, 03:30 PM) P...   Nov 26 2018, 11:39 PM
- - nprev   MarCO image of Mars from 4000 miles! Also a br...   Nov 26 2018, 10:22 PM
- - John Moore   Awesome...look forward to the protective len views...   Nov 26 2018, 10:32 PM
- - nprev   Agreed. (We need to add a thumbs-up feature here.....   Nov 26 2018, 10:36 PM
- - nprev   MarCO Mars flyby image. Definitely the selfie of t...   Nov 26 2018, 10:54 PM
- - nprev   Forum note: Okay, not sure when the next update fr...   Nov 26 2018, 11:00 PM
- - Adam Hurcewicz   If landing site are match that image could be fine...   Nov 26 2018, 11:40 PM
|- - walfy   Possible meteorite? Pure speculation at this poin...   Nov 27 2018, 12:00 AM
- - Roby72   A reminder how the Hazcam of Curiosity looks befor...   Nov 27 2018, 12:09 AM
- - Gerald   120 degrees de-fisheyed version, and an attempt to...   Nov 27 2018, 12:24 AM
|- - MahFL   QUOTE (Gerald @ Nov 27 2018, 01:24 AM) .....   Nov 27 2018, 12:55 AM
- - climber   Can we compare Marco’s image definition to Mariner...   Nov 27 2018, 01:23 AM
- - nprev   The expected time for an orbiter downlink (looks l...   Nov 27 2018, 01:31 AM
|- - MahFL   QUOTE (nprev @ Nov 27 2018, 02:31 AM) The...   Nov 27 2018, 01:38 AM
- - nprev   Yeah, but remember the same caution as the Oppy re...   Nov 27 2018, 01:40 AM
- - dmg   I understand the caution about DSN Now in terms of...   Nov 27 2018, 02:03 AM
|- - xflare   QUOTE (dmg @ Nov 27 2018, 03:03 AM) I und...   Nov 27 2018, 02:15 AM
|- - djellison   QUOTE (dmg @ Nov 26 2018, 06:03 PM) I und...   Nov 27 2018, 02:47 AM
- - nprev   No idea. All I know is that the real word on anyth...   Nov 27 2018, 02:06 AM
- - dmg   Yes but in this case the expected comm pass was wi...   Nov 27 2018, 02:18 AM
|- - xflare   QUOTE (dmg @ Nov 27 2018, 03:18 AM) Yes b...   Nov 27 2018, 02:21 AM
- - nprev   <shrug>...same thing in this case. MODY is s...   Nov 27 2018, 02:23 AM
- - marsophile   https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/11/26/insig...-sta...   Nov 27 2018, 02:29 AM
- - Hungry4info   New image.   Nov 27 2018, 02:46 AM
|- - ChrisC   QUOTE (Hungry4info @ Nov 26 2018, 09:46 P...   Nov 27 2018, 02:53 AM
- - Phil Stooke   The raw image page: https://mars.nasa.gov/insight...   Nov 27 2018, 02:54 AM
- - fredk   A simple max filter does a good job of showing whe...   Nov 27 2018, 02:58 AM
- - xflare   Well, the text accompanying that image says ...   Nov 27 2018, 03:01 AM
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