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Re: InSight

Posted: April 26th, 2018, 9:43 am
by Christopher K.
The InSight launch is scheduled for Saturday 5 May. The window is 6:05am CDT to 8:05am CDT. The Highland Road Park Observatory will be open from 5am to 8am for an InSight Launch Party. Weather permitting, simultaneous twilight viewing of Jupiter, Saturn, the Moon and Mars will occur. This will be the first event with viewing of Mars and as such officially kicks off HRPO's viewing campaign for patrons of the Red Planet which will last through Friday 9 November. (Mars will be brighter than magnitude -0.5 during that time span.)

There will be drinks and refreshments at the Party, and all arriving kids who are registered or will register for the 5 May Science Academy or any of this summer's Stargazers Camp sessions will receive an extra door prize ticket for that session. From 5am to 8am, there will also be a ten percent discount on all HRPO merchandise.

More information: ... california

Re: InSight

Posted: May 14th, 2018, 8:57 am
by Christopher K.
Well...Amy, Trey and I were alone the morning of the 5th. We viewed Mars before twilight and it was spectacular (and we weren't using the 20OGS or 16OGS, either). It still had over a magnitude of brightening left.

InSight is on its way!... ... s-to-mars/

Re: InSight

Posted: October 18th, 2018, 2:45 pm
by Christopher K.
Sarah Marcotte of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory has sent word to HRPO that InSight will land on Mars at 1:54pm CST on Monday 26 November.

As is tradition, HRPO will host a party celebrating live yet another NASA accomplishment. The InSight Landing Party will take place on 26 November at HRPO from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. The party has no admission fee and is for all ages. There will be drinks and refreshments, and solar viewing (weather permitting).

Re: InSight

Posted: October 30th, 2018, 1:29 pm
by Christopher K.
Tomorrow at 12:30pm CDT, a media briefing to preview of the InSight Lander's landing will be shown on NASA-TV... ... ht-landing

The participants will include...
*Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator
*Lori Glaze, Acting Director, Planetary Science Division of NASA
*Tom Hoffman, InSight project manager
*Sue Smrekar, InSight deputy principal investigator
*Jaime Singer, InSight instrument deployment lead

InSight will be able to register quakes originating from anywhere on Mars... ... ding-still

Re: InSight

Posted: November 26th, 2018, 11:29 am
by Christopher K.
HRPO has a Landing Party scheduled...

Here is the schedule for the Party...
12:30pm = "clean feed" begins on NASA's Media Channel
12:30pm to 1pm = solar viewing with Sunspotter telescope
12:45pm to 1:45pm = solar viewing with 10" Orion Skyquest telescope plus filter
1pm = live commentary begins on NASA's Public Channel
1pm to 2:30pm = solar viewing with Coronado Solar Max II telescope

Personnel will have Atlas rocket coloring sheets, and a small Earth/Moon/Mars model distance demonstration.

More information: ... from-mars/

During these two hours there will be a ten percent discount on all HRPO merchandise.

Later in the day (HRPO will not be open)...
no earlier than 4pm = InSight Post-Landing News Conference (both NASA-TVs)
6pm and 8:30pm = Live Commentary replays (NASA Public)
7:30pm to 10pm = Post-Landing News Conference replays (both NASA-TVs)

Re: InSight

Posted: June 11th, 2019, 5:34 pm
by Christopher K.
InSight's "mole" (basically a spike) stopped at only a fraction of a meter on 28 February before it stopped. Some believe it may have hit a rock; others think there may be a weird lack of friction with the soil, causing the hammerings to just make the spike bounce or vibrate in place. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the German Aerospace Center are working the problem.

More information: ... p-the-mole
June 2019 Astronomy, p. 10

Re: InSight

Posted: June 11th, 2020, 7:21 pm
by Christopher K.
There's good news! The InSight Mole is back in the Martian soil! Using a risky manuever--pushing down on the Mole with the robotic scoop--after several months the scientific team were happy to see results. It was a risk since the Mole was inserted into the soil at an oblique angle.

More information: ... e-digging/