Live the landing of the probe that will listen to the heartbeat of Mars!


On November 26, 2018, after a 485 million kilometre journey, the InSight landed on Martian soil for a two-year mission, with the French SEIS seismometer on board. The 12th mission of NASA’s Discovery Program, an international collaboration, InSight aims to study the internal structure of Mars and understand the formation and evolution of the rocky planets of the Solar System. WP I6 UnivEarthS teams: From dust to planets have been involved in the design of SEIS in recent years and will be present to witness the mission’s landing.

In Paris, the event will be broadcast on the large screen of the hall of the Cité des sciences, with free access.

In the presence of scientists and engineers in Paris and live from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, we will review the knowledge acquired on Mars, the stages and challenges of the mission and experience the delicate descent and landing phase of InSight live.



Program (subject to change):

18h30 – Opening – Message from the President of Universcience, Bruno Maquart

Reminder of the challenges of the InSight mission, by Francis Rocard (CNES)
Details on the timing of the landing, by Aymeric Spiga.
SEIS: In search of the heart of Mars, by Philippe Lognonné (IPGP)
Review of the design and construction of the seismometer, by Annick Sylvestre-Baron (CNES) and Antoine Lecocq (Sodern)
Secondary scientific objectives of the probe, by Chloé Michaut (IPGP, ENS Lyon)
Mars, a planet to explore, by Cathy Quantin (ENS Lyon)
Exchange with: Marc Chaussidon (IPGP), Jean-Yves Le Gall (CNES), Antoine Petit (CNRS), Franck Poirrier (Sodern)
Future: the return of Martian samples, by Violaine Sautter (CNRS-MNHN)
The educational component of the InSight mission and the SEIS instrument, by Guillaume Coupechoux (GéoAzur Nice)

==> Regular links with mission scientists, directly from NASA’s control center in California (JPL).

20h45 – Entry into the atmosphere of Mars
20h55 – Landing on Mars

On-site and JPL experts’ feedback on the spot
9:30 pm – Closing ceremony

With, on site or directly from JPL:

Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator, principal research scientist, JPL; Marc Chaussidon, CNRS research director, IPGP director; Guillaume Coupechoux, SVT teacher, Académie de Nice, member of the Insight Education mission; Mélanie Drilleau, CNRS research engineer at IPGP ; François Forget, CNRS Research Director (CNRS / Ecole Polytechnique / ENS Paris / Sorbonne Universités); Chloé Michaut, Professor, Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University / CNRS/ ENS Lyon; Philippe Laudet, SEIS Project Manager, CNES; Antoine Lecocq, Deputy Project Manager, Sodern; Jean-Yves Le Gall, CNES President ; Philippe Lognonné, geophysicist at the IPGP, SEIS scientific manager; Antoine Petit, president of the CNRS; Franck Poirrier, president and CEO of Sodern; Cathy Quantin-Nataf, professor, Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University / CNRS/ ENS Lyon; Sébastien de Raucourt, research engineer, IPGP ; Francis Rocard, astrophysicist, in charge of the Solar System exploration program at CNES; Violaine Sautter, CNRS research director (CNRS / IRD / MNHM / Sorbonne University); Aymeric Spiga, researcher at the Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory, lecturer at Sorbonne Universities; Annick Sylvestre-Baron, SEIS assistant project manager, CNES.