Mars Insight: Finding a place to Land

Conversation Date: 
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PT (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET)

While getting spacecraft to Mars is challenging, landing on Mars is another story entirely.  Choosing the perfect landing site on another planet balances spacecraft capabilities and science objectives, requiring months or years of debate and planning. Dr. Matt Golombek is one of the world's experts on Mars landings; come hear him tell the story of the Mars Insight mission's site selection. 

Insight will be the first ever interplanetary launch from California on May 5th, 2018.  Hear our Mars Insight overview telecon here, and hear more about marsquakes here.


Dr. Matt Golombek

Dr. Matt Golombek is the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Project Scientist for the Mars Exploration Rover and working on the NASA’s InSight discovery program mission. InSight is an acronym for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. He is best known for his role as Project Scientist for NASA’s 1997 Mars Pathfinder mission to Mars and has spent the past 20 years heavily involved in the selection of all successful Mars landing sites. 

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