November 26, 2018 from 12:00-2:00pm

NASA’s next mission to Mars -- InSight -- is scheduled to land on the Red Planet on Monday, November 26th at approximately 1pm. The lander will plunge through the thin Martian atmosphere, heatshield first, and use a parachute to slow down. Then, it will fire its retro rockets to slowly descend to the surface of Mars, and land on the smooth plains of Elysium Planitia. Check out the InSight online interactive.

Join Dr. John Keller, Director of Fiske Planetarium and Dr. Ota Lutz, Senior Education Specialist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for an in-depth discussion about the mission and live updates during the NASA live stream.

Come as you can between 12-2:00p.m. and enjoy the discussion. This is a FREE campus and community event.

Dr. John Keller photoDr. John Keller, a planetary scientist with research interests in astronomy education and teacher preparation arrived at the University of Colorado in January 2018 and serves as Director of Fiske Planetarium. Previously, Keller was an Associate Professor in the Physics Department and Co-Director for the Center for Engineering, Science, and Mathematics Education (CESAME) at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

After obtaining a BS in Biology and an MA in Education from Stanford University, Dr. Keller taught high school science in the Bay Area for five years. He then completed an MS in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado before working as a program coordinator at AstroCamp, an astronomy education center for middle school students in Idyllwild, California. Dr. Keller completed his PhD in Planetary Science at the University of Arizona where he worked for the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission. Read more...

Dr. Ota Lutz photoDr. Ota Lutz is a senior education specialist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA.  Dr. Lutz earned a B.A. in Mathematics, an M.A. in Teaching and Learning, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science.  Dr. Lutz taught high school mathematics for eleven years before joining the NASA education team. 

Before joining the JPL team, Dr. Lutz worked as an Aerospace Education Specialist at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (Edwards, CA) and NASA Johnson Space Center (Houston, TX). Dr. Lutz is interested in inspiring students to become lifelong learners of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.



NASA Mars InSight Overview