And if you're in NY, you can stand with fellow New Yorkers, tourists and fully grown adults in Elmo suits to celebrate the moment in Times Square.
InSight is scheduled to reach the surface of Mars approximately 3 p.m. EST November 26, and you can watch the event live on NASA Television, the NASA website as well as their official social media platforms. But instead of watching the alien mothership explode, you'll see a real-world space achievement years in the making.
A spacecraft that cost almost a billion dollars is on course to make a perilous landing Monday on Mars, if it can survive a high-speed approach and the scorching heat of entering the Red Planet's atmosphere, a process NASA has nicknamed "six and a half minutes of terror". At the minimum, there's an eight-minute communication lag between Mars and Earth.
Some last minute tweaks were made to the spacecraft's trajectory over the weekend.
Just 40% of missions to the red planet have safely made it through the thin atmosphere but NASA hopes InSight can do it.
As InSight descends into the Martian atmosphere, it will send radio signals to give an indication of its position.
As the probe enters the atmosphere, the air molecules that make up the Martian atmosphere strike the heat shield, causing the shield to heat up and the craft to slow down. It'll take that long for the team to get ready to deploy the seismometer suite and heat probe, both of which InSight must place on the Martian surface with its robotic arm, and then calibrate the instruments.
At 14:51 EST the parachute will deploy, with the heat shield ejected seconds later.
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"Landing on Mars is hard".
The US investment in InSight thus far is $813.8m, including $163.4m to actually launch the thing.
The smaller, 880-pound (360 kg) InSight - its name is short for Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport - marks the 21st USA -launched Martian exploration including the Mariner fly-by missions of the 1960s.
Though the twin spacecraft are officially known as MarCO A and MarCO B, they have been bestowed the nicknames "Eve" and "Wall-E" by their engineering teams, according to a statement released by the space agency, nicknames taken from the 2008 Pixar film "Wall-E". Confirmation of the landing will be beamed back to Earth via two experimental cube satellites that have trailed the probe to its destination.
On the surface of Mars, InSight (for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations) will draw on a suite of instruments to study the planet's internal structure. A flight version of the Instrument Context Camera (ICC) that took this image is expected to take InSight's first image on Mars. Unlike InSight, the MarCO spacecraft keep on going past Mars into space.
The JPL controllers also expect to receive a photo of the probe's surroundings on the flat, smooth Martian plain close to the planet's equator called the Elysium Planitia.
The InSight mission cost about $814 million, including the launch costs; France and Germany invested about $180 million. An inquiry completed past year concluded that onboard computer software errors led to data conflicts, causing the probe to strike Mars at high speed.