Members’ Hour: NASA/JPL InSight Lander Installation

Wednesday, April 18 9:00–10:00 a.m.
Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio

Free for Daytime members, show member card for entry


Join NASA and Exploratorium scientists to learn all about the InSight Lander mission, the first to focus on examining the deep interior of Mars. Launching in May 2018, it will be the first interplanetary launch from the West Coast.

During this members-only hour you’ll get a closer look at the sophisticated geophysical instruments InSight will use to delve deep beneath the surface of Mars, detecting the fingerprints of the processes of terrestrial planet formation, as well as measuring the planet’s “vital signs”: its “pulse” (seismology), “temperature” (heat-flow probe), and “reflexes” (precision tracking).

What to Expect:

  • Meet members of InSight's mission and science teams as well as Exploratorium senior scientists
  • Make Your Own Marsquake demo: Jump and see your seismometer readings Selfie stations
  • Models of the InSight spacecraft
  • Mars globe “cutaways” showing the interior of Mars
  • Virtual reality headsets used to see panoramas of Mars

Can’t make it to this members’ hour? The lander model and activities will be at the Exploratorium and free for members daily from Wednesday, April 18 through Sunday, April 22, 2018.