Watch Live: NASA Officials Give Briefing After Successful Mars Landing | NBC News

Watch Live: NASA Officials Give Briefing After Successful Mars Landing | NBC News


>>>WELCOME TO NASA’S JET PROPULSION LABORATORY IN PASADENA, CALIFORNIA, IT HAS BEEN AN EXTREMELY EXCITING DAY TODAY AND I WANT TO BRING ON STAGE THE VERY SUCCESSFUL TEAM FOR THE INSIGHT MARS LANDING, LET’S WELCOME THEM NOW. ADMINISTRATOR NASA ADMINISTRATOR, JIM BRIGHTEN STEIN. JPL DIRECTOR MIKE WATKINS, INSIGHT PROJECT MANAGER TOM HOFFMAN, INSIGHT PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR BRUCE BANNER, MARCO, TEA MEMBER ANDY — AND ELIZABETH BARRETT, THE INSIGHT INSTRUMENT OPERATIONS LEAD. [ APPLAUSE ] I’D ALSO LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE HERE ALL OF THE INSIGHT TEAM MEMBERS AND THE MARCO TEAM MEMBERS WHO HAVE JOINED US FOR THE PRESS CONFERENCE AND YOUR AMAZING WORK FOR THESE TWO MISSIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] OKAY. WE’RE GOING TO START NOW WITH NASA ADMINISTRATOR JIM BRIGHTEN STEIN.>>WELL, THANK YOU. WHAT AN AMAZING DAY. TO START, I WANT EVERYBODY HERE TO KNOW THAT I’VE BEEN ON THE PHONE RECENTLY WITH BOTH THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT, AND THEY ARE OVERWHELMINGLY PROUD OF EVERYTHING THAT HAS GONE ON HERE TODAY. THEY WATCHED THE ENTIRE THING. OF COURSE, THEY’RE VERY ANXIOUS AND WE’RE ANTICIPATING GREATNESS, WHICH ULTIMATELY, WE HAD TODAY. BUT WHAT AN AMAZING DAY. AND THEY ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF THE HARD WORK FOR EVERYBODY IN THIS ROOM. I WANT TO START BY SAYING A FEW THANK-YOUS, NUMBER ONE, THANK YOU TO THE NASA TEAM, AND THE NASA JPL TEAM. THANK YOU TO THE MARCO TEAM, AND THE INSIGHT TEAM. WE ALSO WANT TO THANK OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS. TODAY WAS A GREAT DAY FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT WAS ALSO A GREAT DAY FOR OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS. GERMANY, OF COURSE, IS INVOLVED IN THIS MISSION, DLR, A GREAT PAT PARTNER, AS HAS FRANCE . I WANT TO THANK LOCKHEED MARTIN, THE PRIME CONTRACTOR, AND UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE, WHO LAUNCH THIS MISSION ALMOST 7 MONTHS AGO FROM THE WEST COAST, NEVER DONE BEFORE FOR A MISSIO TO MARS AND THIS IS AN AMAZING, AMAZING DAY. AS THE NASA ADMINISTRATOR, THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME TO BE IN THE ROOM WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENED. I’VE WATCHED IT ON TV. BUT REALLY, FOR THE FIRST TIME, TO BE IN THE ROOM, WHEN THE DATA STOPS, AND TO KNOW HOW QUIET IT GETS. I MEAN, IT GETS REALLY, REALLY QUIET. YOU CAN’T DO JUSTICE ON TELEVISION WITH THAT DEGREE OF QUIETNESS. AND THEN, OF COURSE, ONCE THE DATA COMES BACK, THE ELATION. WHAT AN AMAZING DAY FOR ME, AND OF COURSE THE ENTIRE NASA TEAM, WE’RE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL. THIS WAS SEEN ALL AROUND THE WORLD. IT WASN’T JUST THE AMERICAN LEADERSHIP THAT SAW IT, LEADERS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD SAW IT. AND OF COURSE, POPULATIONS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD WILL SEE IT IN THE NEWSPAPERS TOMORROW MORNING, AND OF COURSE, IN SOCIAL MEDIA TODAY. ON LINE. IN THE NEWSPAPERS. SO WHAT AN AMAZING DAY FOR OUR COUNTRY. BUT IT’S NOT JUST PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE WORLD THAT WILL SEE IT, IN FACT, PEOPLE OFF THE WORLD HAVE SEEN IT. AND THEY HAVE SOME THINGS THEY’D LIKE TO SAY.>>THE SPACE STATION CREW WOULD LIKE TO BE — THE SIGHT OF MARS ITSELF, AND ALSO FOR HUMAN EXPLORATION, KUDOS FOR PULLING THAT ONE OFF AND WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD WITH THE DATA OUT OF THIS MISSION.>>EXTENDS OUR CONGRATULATIONS A WELL TO OUR PARTNERS AT JPL, REALLY SOMETHING, GOT SOME GOOSE BUMPS WATCHING THE COVERAGE.>>SAME HERE. [ LAUGHTER ] [ APPLAUSE ] SO ULTIMATELY, YOU KNOW, THE DAY IS COMING WHERE WE LAND HUMANS ON MARS, WE’RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. I THINK THAT’S WHY OUR ASTRONAUTS ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT IT AND WHY THEY WANTED TO CONGRATULATE EVERYBODY HERE. WITH THAT, I’LL INTRODUCE THE DIRECTOR OF JPL, MIKE WATKINS, WHO HAS BEEN THE LEADER OF THIS ORGANIZATION FOR A WHILE NOW, I’VE KNOWN HIM EVER SINCE I WAS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. AND I’LL TELL YOU, HE IS AN AMAZING ADVOCATE FOR WHAT YOU GUYS DO HERE AT JPL AND WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR HIS LEADERSHIP.>>THANKS VERY MUCH, JIM. SO YOU GUYS WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE HERE WITH US AND TO SHARE THE EIGHTH SUCCESSFUL MARS LANDING IN THE HISTORY OF THE PLANET EARTH. [ APPLAUSE ] AND I’M VERY PROUD AS THE DIRECTOR OF JPL TO SAY ALL EIGHTH OF THOSE HAD THE PRESS CONFERENCE IN THIS ROOM AFTERWARDS. AND WE NEVER GET TIRED OF WATCHING THESE, SO IF YOU DON’T REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS LIKE, WE HAVE A LITTLE MEMENTO HERE.>>INSIGHT IS TRAVELING AT A VELOCITY OF 2000 METERS PER SECOND. 17 METERS, STANDING BY FOR TOUCHDOWN. TOUCHDOWN CONFIRMED! [ APPLAUSE ] [ LAUGHTER ] SO, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY, THE INSIGHT TEAM, THE INTERNATIONAL INSIGHT TEAM PUT A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF EFFORT IN, NOT JUST WORKING OVER THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY HERE NONSTOP, BUT OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS. AND YOU KNOW, ALL OF THE CREDIT GOES REALLY TO THEM. I’D LIKE TO GIVE A SPECIAL SHOUT OUTTO OUR COLLEAGUES AT LOCKHEED MARTIN IN DENVER, AND I WILL SA CALLAGHAN AS THE HEAD OF CIVIL SPACE FOR LOCKHEED MARTIN. [ APPLAUSE ] BEEN OUR LONG TIME PARTNERS GOING BACK TO VIKING DAYS IN THE BEGINNING. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR INTERNATIONAL COLLEAGUES, THE INCREDIBLE SCIENTIFIC PAYLOAD ON THIS MISSION COULD NOT HAVE BEEN DONE BY ANYONE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. TAKE THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, THE ENTIRE WORLD, RATHER, TO BUILD THE KIND OF SCIENTIFIC BREAK THROUGH PAYLOAD ON THIS MOTION. YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT IT LATER ON. BUT YOU KNOW, IT IS CRITICAL TO OUR FUTURE, TO HAVE THAT KIND OF PARTNERSHIP AND IT MEANS A LOT TO US. AND OF COURSE, IN THE COMING MONTHS, AND YEARS, EVEN, THERE WILL BE — THE HISTORY BOOKS WILL BE REWRITTEN ABOUT THE INTERIOR OF MARS. I PESHLLY HAVE TO SAY — PERSONALLY HAVE TO SAY, THE FIRST LANDING DAY AND THIS FIRST COUPLE OF PICTURES OF A PLACE NO HUMAN HAS EVER SEEN BEFORE, ALSO REMIND US THAT IN ORDER TO DO SCIENCE, WE HAVE TO BE BOLD AND WE HAVE TO BE EXPLORERS. AND THAT COMBINATION OF SCIENCE AND EXPLORATION IS SOMETHING THAT EXISTS ENTIRELY AT NASA, AND AT JPL, AND WE’RE VERY PROUD TO BE A PART OF IT. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ] SO NOW, I’D LIKE TO TURN THIS OVER TO THE TEAM THAT ACTUALLY DID THIS WORK, MANY OF WHOM ARE OUT THERE, BUT UP HERE, TOM HOFFMAN. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU, MIKE, I’M TRULY HUMBLED BY THIS EXPERIENCE. HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THE AMAZING TEAM THAT I’VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH, THE TEAM THAT ACTUALLY MADE US SUCCESSFULLY LAND ON THE SURFACE OF MARS, WHICH IS NEVER SOMETHING WE SHOULD TAKE FOR GRANTED. IT’S BEEN A HUMBLING AND AMAZING EXPERIENCE FOR ME. ALL OF THE PEOPLE WEARING THE RED SHIRTS AND THE BLACK SHIRTS TODAY ARE THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THIS A SUCCESS, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU R HAVE MUCH FOR ALL OF THE HARD WORK THAT YOU PUT IN AND ESPECIALLY ALL OF THE HARD WORK THAT YOUR SPOUSES AND SIGNIFICANT OTHERS AND LOVED ONES LET YOU PUT IN, BECAUSE I KNOW YOU WERE WORKING ON THANKSGIVING, BUT NOT JUST THANKSGIVING, YOU’VE MISSED A LOT OF DIFFERENT HOLIDAYS AND IMPORTANT EVENTS TO MAKE THIS A SUCCESS AND TODAY, IT WAS ALL WORTH IT. THANK YOU, GUYS. [ APPLAUSE ] SO OUR JPL NAVIGATION TEAM AND OUR JPL LOCKHEED MARTIN NASA TEAM, YOU GUYS ARE NOW ALL FIRED. YOUR JOB IS OVER. THANK YOU FOR GETTING US TO THE SURFACE OF MARS, WE’RE GOING TO TURN UT OVER TO THE SURFACE OPERATIONS FOLKS. YOUR SURFACE OPERATION JOB, HAS BEGUN, YOU BETTER GET SOME REST. IT WILL BE A LITTLE BIT OF TIME BEFORE WE GET THE INSTRUMENTS ON THE SURFACE OR MARS AND GET BACK TO THE GROUND BREAKING SCIENCE. LIKE THE NAVIGATION EDL TEAM WAS SUCCESSFUL I KNOW WE’LL BE SUCCESSFUL WITH THE INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS, LIT BE AWESOME. I CAN’T WAIT TO START GETTING TEMPERATURE FLUX DATA OUT OF THE HPQ, TRULY AMAZING. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I’VE SAT DOWN SINCE WE LANDED. I PROBABLY CAN’T SIT DOWN MUCH LONGER, SO I’M GOING TO STOP TALKING OR I’M GOING TO START JUMPING UP AND DOWN AGAIN. SO BRUCE IS OUR PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE LAST SEVEN YEARS TO MAKE THIS A REALITY. BRUCE HAS BEEN WORKING FOR DECADES AND I’M SO EXCITED FOR HIM. THAT HE’S FINALLY GOING TO START GETTING HIS SCIENCE BACK THAT HE’S BEEN WORKING SO LONG AND SO HARD FOR. SO BRUCE? [ APPLAUSE ] .>>THANKS, TOM. [ APPLAUSE ] WELL, I CAN’T TELL YOU WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT IS TO BE UP HERE TODAY. PEOPLE KEEP TALKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, MY SCIENCE, AND MY MISSION, BUT THIS IS REALLY SOMETHING THAT WE’RE DOING AS A SCIENCE TEAM, FOR THE WORLD, I MEAN, THE SCIENCE THAT WE’RE DOING BELONGS TO EVERYBODY. AND THE KNOWLEDGE THAT WE’RE GOING BRING BACK IS GOING TO BELONG TO EVERYBODY. SO WE ACTUALLY HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF SCIENCE ALREADY, THANKS TO OUR FRIENDS AT MARCO, WHO SENT DOWN THIS FIRST IMAGE, NICE AND DIRTY, I LIKE THE — NICE AND DIRTY IMAGE. SO WE CAN SEE THE SURFACE OF MARS, AND I’M JUST TAKEN ABACK TO 1967, I WAS — 1976, I WAS A STUDENT INTERN HERE IN JPL IN THE SUMMER OF 1976, I NEVER ACTUALLY GOT TO COME INTO THIS ROOM WHILE THE PRESS CONFERENCES WERE GOING ON. BUT I WAS JUST OUTSIDE, AND I WAS SNEAKING IN HERE IN BETWEEN, AND, YOU KNOW, JUST LOOK AT THE PLACE, AND JUST WONDER AT THE HISTORY BEING MADE IN THAT FIRST IMAGE FROM THE VIKING LANDER, THE BRIGHT RED IMAGE, WE’D SEEN THESE BLACK AND WHITE IMAGES FROM THE MOON, AMAZING, THIS BRIGHT RED IMAGE FROM MARS AND THE FIRST IMAGE FROM ANOTHER PLANET AND NOW THIS IMAGE FROM INSIGHT, AND IT’S JUST LIKE — IT’S LIKE, YOU KNOW, A FULL CIRCLE OF, YOU KNOW, A WHOLE CAREER, YOU KNOW, WORKING TOWARDS UNDERSTANDING MARS BETTER. WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF SOME THINGS IN THIS IMAGE THAT YOU CAN SEE, YOU CAN SEE A ROCK IN THE FRONT, IF WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT IMAGE? ACTUALLY A COUPLE OF OTHER THINGS, WE CAN SEE THE BOLTS THAT ARE HOLDING THIS DUST COVER ON. THIS IMAGE IS ACTUALLY A VERY GOOD ARGUMENT FOR WHY YOU PUT A DUST COVER ON A CAMERA WHEN YOU’RE LANDING ON MARS. GOOD CHOICE, RIGHT? ALL OF THOSE BLACK SPECKS ARE GOING TO DISAPPEAR, AND WHEN THAT GOES AWAY, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO SEE THOSE LITTLE COVER BOLTS ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT AND LEFT. BUT YOU WILL SEE THE LANDER FOOT PAD AND STUDYING THAT, IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS, LOOKING AT THE AMOUNT OF DIRT ON IT, LOOKING AT THE KIND OF DUST, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE DISTRIBUTION OF PARTICLE SIZES AND ALL OF THIS STUFF THAT’S REALLY CRITICAL TO PUTTING OUR INSTRUMENT STRDOWN ON THE SURFA. YOU CAN’T SEE IT IN THIS PICTURE, IT’S SO DUSTY ON THE EDGE, BUT THAT’S THE STORAGE BOX THAT HOLDS THE TETHER, THE CABLE THAT WILL CONNECT THE SIZE MOM TER WHERE IT CAN BEAM THE DATA BACK TO EARTH. IF YOU’VE BEEN PAYING ATTENTION, YOU KNOW THAT YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE EXPECTING ANY SEISMOLOGY TO COME OUT OF IT ANY TIME REAL SOON, BUT WE’RE GOING TO BE SPENDING THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS LOOKING AT THAT GROUND AND FINDING EXACTLY THE BEST PLACE TO PUT OUR SIZE MOMENTERS DOWN. IT LOOKS FLAT. WE’RE VERY LEVEL, LESS THAN TWO DEGREES OF DTILT, WHICH MAKES OR JOB VERY EASY TO DO. AND IT’S TIME TO GET GOING. [ LAUGHTER ] SO Y’ALL SAW THE ASSIGNMENT IN THE CONTROL ROOM, BUT EXCITEMENT ALL OVER THE WORLD AND IMAGES BACK, WE CAN ROLL THOSE IMAGES NOW. WE HAVE PEOPLE WATCHING ALL OVER THE WORLD, ALL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, EUROPE, ASIA, THEY SAID THEY WERE GOING TO ROLL SOME PICTURES BEHIND ME, I’M NOT SEEING ANYTHING COMING UP, BUT. TAKE MY WORD FOR IT, THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE CHEERING ALL OVER THE PLACE. HERE WE GO, THERE WE GO, SOME OF THE PICTURES, I REALLY WASN’T PAYING THAT MUCH ATTENTION TO WHAT WAS GOING ON AFTER WE LANDED BECAUSE IT WAS SUCH A A CRAZY TIME. BUT WE’VE GOT PEOPLE — PEOPLE AND ANIMALS, ALL OVER THE PLACE. WE HAVE GOT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE, MUSEUMS THAT OPENED UP THEIR DOORS FOR THIS, AUDITORIUMS, AND TIMES SQUARE, THE NASDAQ SCREEN ON TIMES SQUARE WAS THERE AND THERE WERE AMAZING NUMBER OF PEOPLE OUT THERE IN THE SNOW, AND COLD, WATCHING INSIGHT LAND. AND EVEN AT THE AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM IN LOS ANGELES. IT’S BEEN A WONDERFUL EVENT, ALL ACROSS THE WORLD, AND I’M JUST SO PROUD AND SO PRIVILEGED TO HAVE BEEN PART OF IT. AND WITH THAT, I’M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO ANDY WHO WAS ON THE MARCO TEAM, WHO BROUGHT BACK THAT WONDERFUL IMAGE FOR US.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ] SO THIS HAS BEEN A FANTASTIC DAY FOR SPACECRAFT, GREAT AND SMALL ON THE WAY, AND OUR SPACECRAFT ARE VERY SMALL. ONLY THE SIZE OF A BRIEFCASE, REALLY, CARRY-ON LUGGAGE, WE WERE ABLE TO TAKE TWO SPACECRAFT, HAVE THEM TRANSIT 301 MILLION MILES OVER THE LAST 6 AND A HALF MONTHS AND HAVE THEM FLY BY MARS. THIS WAS NOT ONLY A VERY SMALL SPACECRAFT, BUILT BY A VERY SMALL TEAM THAT WE HAVE, YOU CAN SEE THEM OVER HERE ON THE SIDE. [ APPLAUSE ] THIS TEAM OF REALLY MOSTLY PART-TIMERS ON THE PROJECT HAS PROVEN THE TECHNOLOGY THAT WE WERE TRYING TO DEMONSTRATE WITH THIS MISSION ON HERE, BEING ABLE TO SUPPORT A LARGE CRAFT LIKE INSIGHT’S, IN ORDER FOR IT TO PERFORM ITS FANTASTIC SCIENCE, BEING ABLE TO SHOW THAT WE CAN TAKE A SMALLER-FOCUSED, MORE RISKIER MISSION OUT TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND PERFORM NEW OPPORTUNITIES OR TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NEW OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE HAVE. AND TRY AND BRING THE COMMUNITY THAT WE HAVE BUILT FOR THESE SMALL SPACECRAFT ALONG WITH US. EARLY ON IN THE MISSION, WE HAD INTERNS FROM UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ACTUALLY, BUILD PARTS THAT ARE FLYING IN MARCO RIGHT NOW, THE PRIMARY FLIGHT COMPUTER, THAT’S FLYING, BUILT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN. WE HAD STUDENTS FROM MORE HEAD STATE UNIVERSITY, IN THE MAY AND JUNE TIME FRAME. AND TWO INTERNS REPRESENT FROM CAL POLY, SERVING ON THE OPERATIONS PANEL THERE AND BRINGING BACK THE DATA FOR INSIGHT TODAY. IT’S ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT SCHOOLS, IT’S THE BROAD COMMUNITY THAT WE HAVE THAT REALLY MADE MARCO SUCH A SUCCESS. NOW, MARCO WAS THERE TO RELAY INFORMATION BACK FROM INSIGHT IN REAL TIME AND WE DID THAT EXTRAORDINARILY WELL. WE HAD NO DROPPED FRAMES, NO DROPPED DATA ALONG THE WAY AND WE TRIED TO BRING BACK THE IMAGE TO KICK OFF YOUR SCIENCE. ON BOARD MARCO ITSELF, ONE MORE GIFT THAT WE CAN GIVE THE INSIGHT COMMUNITY. BRING UP THE NEXT IMAGE HERE. THIS IMAGE WAS TAKEN FROM MARCO. [ APPLAUSE ] HAVING SUCCESSFULLY BROUGHT ALL OF THE DATA BACK FROM INSIGHT DURING THE EXCITING ENTRY, DECENT AND LANDING SEQUENCE, WHAT YOU SEE BEFORE YOU IS AN IMAGE TAKEN 4700 MILES FROM MARS. AT ABOUT 12:10 P.M., AND THIS IMAGE IS REALLY OUR FAREWELL TO INSIGHT, OUR WISH TO GOOD LUCK AND OUR FAREWELL TO MARS ITSELF AS WE MOVE ON TO COMPLETE OUR MISSION AS PART OF MARCO. WE THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR EXCITEMENT, EVERYBODY WHO HELPED OUT ON THE MARCO PROJECT AND LOOK TOWARD TO THE SCIENCE YET TO COME. TO TELL YOU ABOUT WHAT IS NEXT IS ELIZABETH BARRETT. [ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU. AND I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO WATCH THE LANDING WITH OUR SCIENCE AND INSTRUMENT TEAMS ON INSIGHT. SO IT WAS AN AMAZING WATCHING WITH THE SCIENTISTS AND THE ENGINEERS THAT HAVE DEVOTED MANY YEARS OF THEIR LIFE TO WATCHING INSIGHT LAND AND SEE IT ACTUALLY LAND SUCCESSFULLY. AND NOW THAT WE’RE ON THE SURFACE OF MARS, WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO GO. NOW THAT WE’VE LANDED, WE START AN INITIAL ASSESSMENT PHASE. THE FIRST THING IS ASSESS THE HEALTH OF OUR SPACECRAFT AND THE INSTRUMENTS THATS WENT WITH US. THE FIRST PICTURE DOWN, THANKS TO MARCO AND WE WANT TO LOOK AT IT IN MORE DETAIL AND UNDERSTANDED WHERE CAN WE PLACE THE INSTRUMENTS ON THE SURFACE TO GET THE BEST SCIENCE RETURN? ONCE WE MAKE THAT ASSESSMENT, WE START OUR DEPLOYMENT PHASE, I BELIEVE WE HAVE A VIDEO TO ACCOMPANY THAT. SO THE FIRST THING WE DO IS WE’RE GOING TO DEPLOY OUR SIZE — TO THE SURFACE, ONCE THAT IS DOWN ON THE GROUND, WE MAKE SURE IT’S IN A GOOD LOCATION, THAT IT’S WORKING WELL, THAT WE LIKE ITS PLACEMENT. AND AFTER THAT, WE WILL RETURN TO THE DECK, TO GRAB OUR WIND AND THERMAL SHIELD, OR WTS. THAT GOES ON TOP OF IT TO PROTECT IT FROM THE ENVIRONMENT. THE WIND AND THERMAL SHIELD IS DEPLOYED ON TOP TO PROTECT IT. AND YOU CAN SEE HERE, WE’RE LIFTING IT UP THERE, THE SKIRT DROP DOWN, THAT WILL PROTECT IT FROM THE ENVIRONMENT AND PLACED ON TOP. ONCE WE’VE DEPLOYED WTS SUCCESSFULLY TO THE SURFACE, WE RETURN AND PICK UP THE HPQ AND DEPLOY IT TO THE SURFACE AS WELL. AND AFTER WE FINISH THE DEPLOYMENT OF ALL OF THE INSTRUMENTS, MAKING SURE THEY’RE ALL IN A GOOD LOCATION, IN A GOOD STATE, IT BEGINS THE LAST PORTION OF THE MISSION BEFORE WE CAN DO THE FULL SCIENCE RETURN, WE’VE GOT TO DO THE PENETRATION OF THE MOLE UNDERGROUND, GOING UP TO 16 FEET UNDERGROUND. AND WE ALSO DO COMMISSIONING OF OUR SIZE FINE TUNING IT TO GET THAT GREAT SCIENCE RETURN. THIS ENTIRE PROCESS, GETTING THE INSTRUMENTS TO THE GROUND, TAKES APPROXIMATELY 2-3 MONTHS, IT WILL TAKE TIME TO GET TO THAT POINT AND THEN ANOTHER COUPLE OF MONTHS FOR THE MOLE TO PENETRATE THROUGH THE GROUND AND DO THE FINE TUNING, AND AT THAT POINT, WE’LL BE SITTING BACK AND LISTENING FOR THE MARS QUAKES AND MEASURING THE VITAL SIGNS OF MARS, GETTING THAT SCIENCE RETURN, WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT. [ AP [ APPLAUSE ]>>OKAY. WEEFR GOING — WE’RE GOING TO BE OPENING IT UP TO QUESTIONS F YOU’RE ON THE PHONE LINE, YOU NEED TO HIT STAR ONE TO GET INTO THE CUE. POST YOUR QUESTION, WITH #ASK NASA. I WILL START WITH THE QUESTION ON THE PHONE, AND THEN WE’LL GO TO THE ROOM. ON THE PHONE, WE HAVE NBC, PLEASE GO AHEAD.>>Reporter: THIS IS — CAN YOU HEAR ME.>>YES.>>Reporter: I WAS WONDERING IF YOU CAN EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENS TO THE TWO MARCO SPACECRAFT AND ALSO WHETHER THIS TECHNOLOGY CONCEPT COULD BE USED ON FUTURE MISSIONS AND HOW? THANK YOU.>>SURE. WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THE END OF MARCO’S PRIMARY MISSION, WE HAVE TWO MONTH WEEKS TO BRING THE INFORMATION DOWN FROM MARCO, AND ALL OF THE LESSONS THAT WE’VE LEARNED FROM THE VOYAGE THUS FAR. AT THE END OF THOSE TWO WEEKS, THE TWO MARCOS WILL CONTINUE ON IN THE ORBIT AROUND THE SUN ON HERE. AND THAT IS REALLY THE END OF OUR INITIAL PERIOD. BECAUSE OF THE SUCCESS OF THE MARCOS THUS FAR, WE ARE DISCUSSING WITH HEADQUARTERS ON WHAT WE MIGHT DO WITH THEM NEXT, INCLUDING EVALUATING THE SURVIVABILITY AND WHAT OTHER GREAT SCIENCE AND LESSONS THAT WE CAN PULL FROM THOSE CRAFTS. WE DO LOOK FORWARD TO THESE LESSONS BEING USED ON FUTURE MISSIONS, THERE ARE MANY FUTURE SMALL — THAT ARE IN WORK AND FUNDED BY NASA AT THIS POINT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO MORE CONCEPTS INTO THE FUTURE.>>OKAY. TO A QUESTION HERE IN THE ROOM. STEVE, GO AHEAD.>>Reporter: CONGRATULATIONS. I WANT TO ASK A QUESTION TO TOM AND BRUCE, TOM, WE’VE TALKED TO PEOPLE IN THIS SITUATION BEFORE, THE LAST FEW MOMENTS, AND IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS CAN BE VERY, VERY EMOTIONAL, AND I WONDER IF YOU COULD TALK WHAB WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR HEART AND MIND, HOW E EGGS MONTH — EMOTIONAL IT WAS FOR YOU?>>IT WAS AN INCREDIBLY EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE. WORKING FOR SEVEN YEARS, AS MANY IN THE ROOM HAVE DONE, WHEN YOU GET TO THE POINT WHERE YOU HAVE SEVEN MORE MINUTES TO SURVIVE, LITERALLY SURVIVE, IS INCREDIBLY HARD TO SDDESCRIBE. MY HEART STOPPED BEATING FOR SEVEN MINUTES, I DON’T KNOW IF THAT’S HEALTHY OR NOT. [ LAUGHTER ] BUT THEN WHEN WE GOT THE INDICATION OF PARACHUTE DEPLOYMENT, WHICH WAS ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING THING TO THINK ABOUT IT, WE GOT THAT POSITIVE, AND THEN LISTENING TO CHRISTINE CALL OUT AS WE GOT CLOSER AND CLOSER TO THE SURFACE, EVERY TIME SHE MADE A CALL OUT, YOU KNOW, THE HAIRS ON THE BACK OF MY NECK WOULD START RISING A LITTLE BIT HIGHER AND HIGHER, WE GOT THE CONFIRMATION OF TOUCHDOWN, IT WAS COMPLETELY AMAZING. THE WHOLE ROOM WENT CRAZY. MY INNER 4-YEAR-OLD CAME OUT, IT WAS NOT BAD. SOME OF THE PEOPLE ON THE TEAM HAD MADE A TIME-OUT AREA FOR ME, JUST IN CASE. I DIDN’T HAVE TO USE IT. BUT IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE AND IT WAS AMAZING.>>Reporter: BRUCE, CAN YOU GIVE US AN IDEA OF ONE OR TWO QUESTIONS YOU’D LIKE TO SEE, I’M SURE THERE ARE LOTS OF QUESTIONS, BUT ONE OR TWO YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS MISSION MAYBE ANSWER OR GIVE YOU HINTS TO THE ANSWER?>>OKAY. SO THIS IS GOING TO GET KIND OF NERDY, BUT WHEN I WAS HERE IN 76 AND IN THE NEXT SUMMER IN 77, I WAS WORKING ON A PROJECT THAT WAS LOOKING AT THE DEFORMATION OF THE MARTIAN SURFACE AND HOW THE SURFACE IS PUSHED DOWN UNDER VOLCANIC PROVINCE PS ON MARS AND I KEPT RUNNING UP AGAINST THE PROBLEM THAT I NEEDED TO KNOW THE THICKNESS OF THE CRUST, BECAUSE THAT AFFECTED THE GRAVITY FIELD, ONE OF THE BASIC MEASUREMENTS, AND SO WE JUST HAD TO KIND OF FAKE IT BECAUSE WE HAD NO IDEA, SO WE KIND OF SAY, WELL, IT HAS TO BE AT LEAST THIS THICK AND THAT THICK. BUT IT WAS A BUNCH OF BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. [ LAU [ LAUGHTER ] HONESTLY –>>A SCIENTIFIC TERM, BY THE WAY.>>YES, THREE BLAHS, RIGHT? S I WAS LIKE, YOU KNOW, I JUST — I JUST NEED THE THICKNESS OF THE CRUST, IF WE HAD A SEISMOMETER. I’D LIKE TO GET THAT OLD PAPER TO SEE HOW CLOSE I WAS. PERSONALLY, I’M REALLY ATTACHED TO. AND THEN, THE OTHER THING, FOR THAT INTERESTS ME, IT’S NOT MY PARTICULAR FIELD OF EXPERTISE IS THE PROPERTIES OF THE CORE. I MEAN, THE CORE OF MARS IS A REALLY FASCINATING OBJECT AND IT HAS TEN RELS INTO THE HABIT BLT OF THE SURFACE, IN TERMS OF THE MAGNETIC FIELD AND THE HEAT. WHEN WE GET INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORE, WHICH OBVIOUSLY, IS KIND OF LIKE THE HARDEST THING YOU CAN DO IS GO TO THE VERY CENTER OF THE PLANET, THROUGH A THROUGH 1,000 MILES OF ROCK, THAT’S THE OTHER KIND OF PIECE OF INFORMATION THAT I’M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO UNDERSTANDING BETTER.>>OKAY. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE ONE MORE FROM THE PHONE LINE AND I’LL COME BACK TO THE ROOM. WE’RE GOING TO GO TO THE AP NEXT. GO AHEAD.>>Reporter: YES, HI, CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>YES.>>Reporter: I’M WONDERING, HOW CLOSE TO A BULLS EYE DID YOU GET ON THE LANDING SITE AND IS THERE ANY WAY TO GAUGE HOW BIG THAT ROCK IS IN THE FOREGROUND OF THE FIRST PICTURE? [ LAUGHTER ]>>YEAH, SO WE GOT VERY, VERY CLOSE TO THE BULLS EYE, I DON’T HAVE THE FINAL NUMBERS, BUT WE ARE VERY CLOSE TO THE BULLS EYE, THAT ROCK ACTUALLY, I’M REALLY HAPPY ABOUT WHERE IT IS BECAUSE IT’S NOT WHERE WE INTEND TO PLACE THE INSTRUMENT, SO THAT’S GREAT. AND IF YOU LOOK AT IT CLOSELY, IT LOOKS LIKE THERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF SAND THAT’S BEEN MOVED AWAY FROM IT BY THE DECENT ENGINES OR BY WIND OVER TIME, EITHER OF THOSE IS GREAT, BECAUSE WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT THE AREA IN FRONT OF THE LANDER IS LIKELY MOSTLY SAND DI SOIL, WHICH IS GOING TO BE GREAT FOR THE HP CUBED INSTRUMENT.>>OKAY. WE’RE GOING TO GO BACK INTO THE ROOM. LET’S GO ON THIS SIDE, EMILY, IF WE CAN GET A MICROPHONE RIGHT THERE. THANKS.>>Reporter: HI, EMILY WITH THE PLANETARY SOCIETY. DETAILED QUESTION. DO YOU KNOW HOW LARGE THE KIND OF THE PEBBLES ARE THAT YOU CAN SEE IN FRONT OF YOU? AND THEN, A QUESTION THAT I KEEP GETTING ASKED BY PEOPLE ONLINE IS HOW MANY IMPACTS DO YOU HOPE TO BE ABLE TO DETECT DURING INSIGHT’S MISSION NOW THAT YOU’RE ON THE SURFACE?>>OKAY, I HAVEN’T REALLY HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK AT THIS IMAGE IN ANY DETAIL, IT’S DIFFICULT TO JUDGE THE SIZE OF THINGS, BECAUSE THIS IS A FISH-EYE CAMERA, A VERY DISTORTED VIEW, IT’S SHOWING ALMOST THE ENTIRE AREA IN FRONT OF THE LANDER, KIND OF COMPRESSED INTO A NARROWER IMAGE. AND SO THE — WE HAVE EXPERTS ON THE TIME, I’M SURE ALREADY POERING OVER THIS IN THE NEXT DAY OR SO, WE’LL HAVE MEASUREMENTS OF THE DIMENSIONS OF THESE ROCKS. AND THE SECOND QUESTION AGAIN?>>Reporter: HOW MANY IMPACTS?>>HOW MANY IMPACTS? THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS WE WANT TO MEASURE, OUR ESTIMATE IS WE SHOULD PROBABLY SEE SOMETHING LIKE MAYBE A HALF A DOZEN IMPACTS, MAYBE TWICE AS MANY OF THAT, MAYBE HALF AS MANY, BUT SOMEWHERE IN THE ORDER OF A HALF DOZEN TO A DOZEN, I HOPE.>>OKAY. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE A QUESTION ON THIS SIDE.>>Reporter: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPACE.COM AND I THINK MY QUESTION IS FOR BRUCE OR FOR TOM. WE SEE A LOT OF EXCITED PEOPLE HERE IN THE ROOM THAT WORKED ON THE MISSION. I’M WONDERING, KIND OF WHAT COMES NEXT? IS THERE A PARTY, IF SO, WHEN? AND DOES EVERYONE GET THE NIGHT OFF OR WHEN DO THEY HIT MARS TIME FOR INSIGHT? THANK YOU.>>YEAH. SO FOR THE FOLKS THAT I JUST FIRED A LITTLE BIT AGO, THE NAV TEAM, THEY’RE WELCOME TO GO OFF AND HAVE A CELEBRATION, BUT THE SURFACE OPERATIONS TEAM ACTUALLY THEIR WORK IS JUST GOING TO GET STARTED WHEN WE GET THE ODYSSEY PASS A LITTLE LATER THIS EVENING. THAT’S WHEN WE’RE GOING TO START PLANNING FOR THE NEXT DAY, SOLS ON MARS, DAYS ON EARTH. ELIZABETH, YOU CAN TELL ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS WE’RE GOING TO BE DOING THE FIRST COUPLE OF SOLS.>>WE’RE GOING TO ASSESS THE HEALTH OF THE ROBOTIC ARM SXP THEN TOMORROW, WE UP LINK THE CHECKOUTS FOR THE ACTUAL INSTRUMENTS THEMSELVES TO ASSESS THEIR HEALTH AS WELL. IN ADDITION TO OBVIOUSLY MONITORING THE LANDER AND MAKING SURE THOSE SO LOR — SOLAR RAYS HAVE DEPLOYED. PREPARED TO PUT THEM ON THE SURFACE AND COLLECT THE SCIENCE DATA. OVER THE REST OF THE WEEK, WE WILL OPEN THE COVERS ON THE CAMERAS AND DO MORE DETAILED SURVEY OF THE WORK SPACE IN FRONT OF THE LANDER WHERE WE WANT TO PUT THE INSTRUMENTS SO WE CAN CHOOSE THE BEST PLACES FOR THEM TO GO.>>OKAY. RIGHT THERE IN THE CENTER AISLE THERE.>>HI THERE, MARGARET — VERY EXCITING TO BE HERE, MY FIRST TIME. WE TALKED ABOUT, YOU KNOW — THANKS FOR TOM AND BRUCE AS WELL. LOOKING INTO THE INTERIOR OF MARS. WHY SHOULD WE ALL CARE ABOUT THIS? I KNOW IT’S EXCITING, BUT WHY SHOULD WE CARE? WHAT DO WE EXPECT TO GET OUT OF DIGGING INTO MARS?>>OKAY. SO THE REASON WHY WE’RE DIGGING INTO MARS IS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND, NOT JUST MARS BUT THE EARTH ITSELF, AND SO ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK THAT IS A SOURCE OF OUR NATURAL CURIOSITY, IS HOW DID WE GET TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY? HOW DOES THIS PLANET THAT’S UNDER OUR FEET, HOW DID IT FORM, HOW DID IT GET TO BE A PLACE WITH MOUNTAINS AND OCEANS AND BREATHABLE AIR AND THINGS LIKE THAT? AND WE’RE TRYING TO GO BACK IN TIME TO THE VERY EARLIEST STAGES OF THE FORMATION OF OUR PLANET. AND WE’RE LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE, WHICH IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE ON THE EARTH. IT’S ALL BEEN ERASED BY PLATE TECTONICS, MANTLE CONVECTION, THE GEOLOGICAL PROCESSES THAT ARE ERODING EVERYTHING, AND SO THE SORT OF THE FINGERPRINTS OF THOSE EARLY PROCESSES, JUST AREN’T THERE ON THE EARTH. WE CAN GO BACK TO MARS, ON MARS, ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT THEY WERE — WERE FORMED IN THE FIRST TENS OF MILLIONS OF YEARS AFTER FORMATION ARE FROZEN IN TIME. WE CAN USE MARS AS A TIME MACHINE TO LOOK AT WHAT THE EARTH MUST HAVE LOOKED LIKE, AND BY DOING THAT, WE CAN THEN LOOK AT OUR PHYSICAL MODELS, OUR THEORIES OF HOW THE EARTH EVOLVED, AND UNDERSTAND WHY THE EARTH BECAME THE WAY IT IS. IF YOU LOOK AT EARTH’S TWIN, VENUS, ALMOST THE SAME SIZE, AN EXTREMELY DIFFERENT SURFACE ENVIRONMENT, VERY HOT, THE ATMOSPHERE IS VERY SULFUROUS. NOT MUCH OXYGEN. WHY IS IT DIFFERENT THAN THE EARTH? WE HAVE SOME THEORIES ABOUT THAT, AND THEY GENERALLY HAVE TO DO WITH VERY SMALL — THE WAY THE PLANETS EVOLVE FROM THAT INITIAL STATE. AND SO MARS WILL HELP US REFINE OUR MODELS, UNDERSTAND WHY A PLANET MIGHT GO ONE WAY LIKE VENUS, OR ANOTHER WAY LIKE THE EARTH. AND FINALLY, WHEN WE LOOK AT THE PLANETS AROUND OTHER STARS, EVEN, WE CAN BEGIN TO ESTIMATE, YOU KNOW, WHICH ONES MIGHT BE HABITABLE, AND WHICH ONES MAYBE NOT HABITABLE BASED ON THE UNDERSTANDING WE’LL GET BY LOOKING AT MARS >>I’M GOING TO GO TO THE PHONE LINE NOW AND BACK IN AND CHECK IN WITH SOCIAL MEDIA. OKAY. LET’S GO TO THE PHONE LINE. IRISH TV, GO AHEAD.>>Reporter: THANKS VERY MUCH. I’M ACTUALLY IN FRANCE. — THERE WAS A HUGE CROWD WATCHING THIS EVENT FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. AND WHEN THE FIRST PICTURE POPPED UP, A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS CAME TO MIND. I MEAN, ONE FOR TOM. I MEAN, ARE YOU PROUD OF YOURSELF? THAT YOU HAVE MANAGED TO LAND IN THE MOST BORING PLACE THAT ANYONE HAS LANDED ON MARS IN HISTORY? AND FOR ELIZABETH, ARE YOU EMBARRASSED THAT IT’S GOING TO BE APPARENTLY FROM THESE PICTURES SO INCREDIBLY EASY TO PLACE THE SIZE MOMENTER ON THE SURFACE?>>WE HAVE A SAFE AND BORING-LOOKING LANDING LOCATION, THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE GOING FOR, IT’S WHAT THE LANDING SITE SELECTION PEOPLE PROMISED ME, THEY PROMISED ME SANDY, WITH NO ROCKS, THERE’S ONE ROCK, SO I’M GOING TO HAVE TO TALK TO THEM A LITTLE BUILT. [ LAUGHTER ] AND THERE’S SOME SMALL ROCKS, BUT THOSE LOOK PRETTY MANAGEABLE. IT’S HARD TO TELL IN THIS PICTURE, THOUGH, HOW EASY IT WILL BE. YOU CAN’T TELL IF THERE’S SLOPES, WE EXPECT TO GET THAT LATER, BUT IT DOES INDEED LOOK TO BE LIKE A PARKING LOT. I THINK ELIZABETH WILL HAVE HER JOB CUT OUT FOR HER, BUT I’LL LEL YOU ANSWER THAT QUESTION YOURSELF.>>YEAH, IT WAS GREAT WHEN THE IMAGE POPPED UP IN THE ROOM WITH THE SCIENCE AND INSTRUMENT EXPERTS THERE, EVERYONE GATHERED AROUND THE FRONT AND DECIDING WHERE TO PUT INSTRUMENTS AND WERE THERE ROCKS IN THE WAY? IT APPEARS TO BE QUITE EMPTY AS TOM SAID, WE HAVE MORE ASSESSMENTS TO DO TO MAKE SURE IT MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS FOR WHERE WE CAN PUT OUR INSTRUMENTS AND CHANGES WE NEED TO MAKE. THIS IS A GREAT INDICATION. WE WERE CERTAIN THAT THAT FIRST IMAGE WOULD HELP US DETERMINE HOW DIFFICULT OF A JOB IT WOULD BE IN PLACING THE INSTRUMENTS, IT LOOKS LIKE WE’LL BE ABLE DO DO IT QUITE EASILY, WE HOPE.>>OKAY. LET’S GO TO SOCIAL MEDIA. HAVE COME GOOD QUESTIONS THERE, STEPHANIE?>>THE INTERNET IS EXPLODING WITH QUESTIONS. THEY ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE HAND SHAKE IN MISSION CONTROL. SO WE ARE GETTING A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CAMERAS AND THE LENS COVERS IN PARTICULAR. IN PARTICULAR. SO HOW LONG UNTIL WE REMOVE THE LENS COVER AND WILL IT BE PERMANENTLY REMOVED OR WILL IT BE A ABLE TO GO BACK ON DURING A DUST STORM?>>SO THE LENS COVER IS PERMANENTLY REMOVED, THEY CANNOT BE PUT BACK ON. THEY ARE POPPED OFF ENTIRELY, I BELIEVE THE FIRST COVER, WE OPEN ON SOL TWO, SO RIGHT NOW, WE’RE SOL ZERO, AND THE MARTIAN DAY IS CALLED A SOL. ON SOL TWO, WE SHOULD UNCOVER THE FIRST CAMERA.>>DENISE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR MAKING HER BIRTHDAY A VERY EXCITING DAY. AND FOR THE ADMINISTRATOR, SHE ASKS, HOW LONG DO YOU ESTIMATE IT WILL BE BEFORE WE LAND ON I A PERSON ON MARS?>>OH, WOW. I’M GOING WITH THE MID 2030s. THAT’S VERY AGGRESSIVE. BUT HERE’S WHAT WE’RE DOING. WE ARE — WE’RE GOING TO THE MOON, THAT’S PART OF THE PRESIDENT’S FIRST SPACE POLICY DIRECTIVE, TO GO TO THE MOON, BUT IN A WAY THAT WE’VE NEVER DONE BEFORE. THIS TIME, GO TO STAY. WE’RE GOING TO BUILD A SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE. WE’RE GOING TO GO BACK AND FORTH AGAIN AND AGAIN WITH LANDERS, WITH ROBOTS, ROVERS, HUMANS, AN OPEN ARCHITECTURE, WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WITH REUSABILITY. WE’VE SEEN THAT WITH THE COST OF LAUNCH, COST GOES DOWN, ACCESS GOES UP. WE WANT THE ENTIRE ARCHITECTURE BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE MOON TO BE REUSABLE. LAUNCHES TO BE REUSABLE. TUGS FROM EARTH ORBIT TO BE REUSABLE. WE WANT A REUSABLE COMMAND MODULE, GATEWAY. AND WE WANT REUSABLE LANDERS GOING BACK AND FORTH TO THE SURFACE OF THE MOON OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THE ENTIRE ARCHITECTURE NEEDS TO BE REUSABLE, AND NEEDS TO BE OPEN, IN OTHER WORDS, THE WAY WE DO DATA, THE WAY WE DO COMMUNICATIONS, THE WAY WE DO DOCKING, ALL OF IT IS OPEN, AND AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC, ONCE WE ACHIEVE THAT, THEN WE CAN HAVE INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS AND COMMERCIAL PARTNERS JOIN US. AND ULTIMATELY, WE CAN BUILD AN INTERNATIONAL COALITION OF NATIONS TO HAVE A SUSTAINABLE RETURN TO THE MOON FOR THE LONG-TERM. NOW, THE REASON THAT’S IMPORTANT, HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE MOON. IT’S A 3 DAY JOURNEY HOME. WHICH MEANS IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG, WE CAN STILL COME HOME. WE’VE SEEN THAT WITH APOLLO 13. SO WE HAVE A PERFECT PROVEN GROUND THAT IS PART OF THE EARTH-MOON SYSTEM, THE MOON NEVER LEAVES THE EARTH. MARS IS A WHOLE DIFFERENT BALL GAME. BUT WHAT WE CAN DO IS WE CAN PROVE TECHNOLOGY, WE CAN RETIRE RISK, AND ULTIMATELY, PROVE HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY WHICH IS A WHOLE ANOTHER DYNAMIC THAT WE’RE WORKING ON ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION RIGHT NOW AND TAKE ALL OF THAT IS REPLICATE ALL OF THOSE CAPABILITIES AND TECHNOLOGIES, AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, FOR A TRIP TO MARS. NOW, WE TALK ABOUT THE GATEWAY, BEING THAT REUSABLE COMMAND MODULE. WE THINK BACK TO APOLLO. WE’RE ALL SO PROUD OF APOLLO, WHAT AN AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT APOLLO WAS. THE WHOLE THING WAS THROWN AWAY EXCEPT FOR THE TINY CAPSULE AT THE TOP. WE WANT EVERYTHING TO BE REUSABLE OR AT LEAST AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE SO THAT THE MISSION IS ULTIMATELY SUSTAINABLE. IF WE CAN ACHIEVE THAT, AND WE CAN REPLICATE AS MUCH OF IT AS POSSIBLE, FOR A TRIP TO MARS, YOU KNOW, WE TALK ABOUT GATEWAY BEING A REUSABLE COMMAND MODULE, IN ORBIT AROUND THE MOON FOR 15 YEARS, THE FIRST GATEWAY IS ALL ABOUT DISCOVERING MORE ABOUT THE MOON THAN WE’VE EVER DISCOVERED FOR. SOLAR ELECTRIC PROPULSION. MORE PARTS OF THE MOON THAN EVER BEFORE. THINK ABOUT THE MOON, 2008 INDIA MADE A DISCOVERY THAT THERE’S A LOT OF WATER ICE ON THE SURFACE OF THE MOON. 2009, WE DEFINITIVELY KNOW THAT THERE’S POTENTIALLY HUNDRED OF BILLIONS OF TONS OF WATER ICE ON THE MOON, THAT REPRESENTS LIFE SUPPORT, AIR TO BREATHE, WATER TO DRINK, ALSO HYDROGEN, OXYGEN, ROCKET PROPULSION ON THE SURFACE OF THE MOON AND HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF TONS. WE TALK ABOUT RESOURCE UTILIZATION CAPABILITIES ON THE MOON, WE CAN PROVE A TON OF STUFF ON THE MOON AND ACCELERATE, ONCE WE’VE DONE THAT, ACCELERATE THE TRIP TO MARS. THE FIRST COMMAND MODULE, GATEWAY IS A REUSABLE COMMAND MODULE AROUND THE MOON. REMEMBER, WE LEARNED IN 2008 AND 2009, THAT THERE WAS HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF TONS OF WATER ICE ON THE SURFACE OF THE MOON. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO GET TO MORE PARTS OF THE MOON THAN WE’VE EVER BEEN ABLE TO BE BEFORE, BUT WHILE WE DO THIS, WE’RE PROVEN CAPABILITY AND TECHNOLOGY TO GO TO MARS EVEN FASTER THAN WE COULD GO IF WE DIDN’T USE THE MOON AS A TOOL. SO THE REALITY IS, YES, YOUR NATION RIGHT NOW, IS EXTREMELY COMMITTED TO GETTING TO MARS. AND USING THE MOON AS A TOOL TO ACHIEVE THAT OBJECTIVE AS FAST AS POSSIBLE.>>OKAY. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE ANOTHER QUESTION HERE. STAND BY SOCIAL MEDIA. LET’S GO BACK HERE, GET THE MICROPHONE. THANKS.>>Reporter: THANK YOU. IRENE CLOTS WITH AVIATION WEEK. I THINK THIS IS FOR ANDY. CAN YOU DESCRIBE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT OTHER DATA IS GOING TO BE COMING BACK FROM THE MARCO SATELLITES THAT YOU DIDN’T GET BACK ALREADY? AND IS THERE ANY CONSIDERATION TO PUTTING MARCO-TYPE SATELLITES ON MARS 2020?>>THE DATA THAT’S COMING BACK FROM MARCO REALLY DOES A DEEPER DIVE INTO WHAT WE RECORDED ON BOARD IN TERMS OF THE HEALTH OF THE SPACECRAFT ITSELF. DURING EDL, REWERE FOCUSED ON GETTING THAT INSIGHT DATA DOWN, WE HAD A NARROW PIPE THAT WE COULD PUT A LITTLE BIT OF INFORMATION, THE TEMPERATURES ON BOARD, THE ENERGY IT WAS USING, HOW WELL IT WAS ORIENTED AND SUPPORT THE DATA COMING FROM INSIGHT THERE. WE’LL BE COLLECTING MORE IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE SPACECRAFT ITSELF, THE TRAJECTORY THAT FLEW BUY, HOW STABLE IT WAS, THE ORBIT DETERMINATION WAS GOOD ON MARCO, HOW WELL WE WERE ABLE TO FLY BY MARS AND PREPARE FOR THE JOURNEY THERE. THAT IS STORED ON ON BOARD DATA. MORE IMAGES THAT WE TOOK DURING TODAY’S EVENTS ON HERE. NOW, ON TOP OF THAT, MARCO WAS SET TO SUPPORT LANDER, MARCO AID PASSED THROUGH A TRAJECTORY THAT WERE BLOCKED BY THE PLANET, WITH RESPECT TO EARTH. WITH THAT, WE’RE DOING ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE AS WE’RE PASSING BY MARS AND WE’LL BE DIGGING INTO THAT DATA AS WELL OVER THE UPCOMING WEEKS. SO NOT ONLY DID WE DO TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION, IMAGES BACK, BUT WE ARE ABLE TO DO SOME SCIENCE THERE AS WELL. AS FOR THINGS INTO THE FUTURE, WE’VE SHOWN THAT THIS TYPE OF CRAFT CAN SUPPORT THESE TYPES OF MISSIONS ON HERE. SHOULD THAT MISSION NEED IT. WE’LL BE LOOKING AT OPPORTUNITIES AS WE GO TO SEE WHERE THEY’RE NECESSARY AND HOW WELL WE CAN SUPPORT IN THE FUTURE.>>OKAY. GOING TO THIS SIDE OF THE ROOM. IN THE BACK.>>Reporter: SOPHIE SANCHEZ, CHICAGO NOW. MY QUESTION IS FOR JIM. THE LAST TIME WE SPOKE, YOU MENTIONED THAT NASA WAS PRIORITIZING HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT PROGRAMS TO AVOID ANY GAPS. LIKE WE’RE EXPERIENCING NOW. MY QUESTION IS; WHAT IS THE AGENCY DOING TO AVOID GAPS IN PLANETARY MISSIONS?>>THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION. WELL, WE HAVE TO DO AS A COUNTRY, LOOK AT A PORTFOLIO OF PLANETARY MISSIONS AND SOME MISSIONS ARE WHAT WE WOULD CALL, YOU KNOW, FLAGSHIP MISSIONS, VERY BIG, LARGE EXPENSIVE MISSIONS AND OTHER MISSIONS ARE NOT SO EXPENSIVE, . AND SO WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO IS FIGURE OUT WHAT THE RIGHT BALANCE OF PORTFOLIO IS. YOU KNOW, IF EVERY MISSION IS A FLAGSHIP MISSION, AND THEY FAIL, THEN THAT’S A LOT OF — A LOT OF MONEY AND A LOT OF TIME THAT ULTIMATELY — WE DON’T WANT TO PUT ALL OF OUR EGGS INTO ONE BASKET. SO WE’RE LOOKING AT CREATING THE MOST BALANCED PORTFOLIO THAT INCLUDES LARGE MISSIONS AND SMALL MISSIONS. NEW HORIZONS, WE’RE ALL FAMILIAR WITH THE 2014FULLY-BY OF PLUTO. AND NOW, IT’S NO KIDDING, IN THE KIEPER BELT, TAKING PICTURES OF TULI IN A MATTER OF A MONTH FROM VERY CLOSE RANGE, WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE, AND THAT WAS A MISSION THAT WAS — YOU LOOK AT RETURN ON INVESTMENT, A TREMENDOUSLY INEXPENSIVE MISSION FOR THE AMOUNT OF SCIENCE AND DATA THAT WE’RE GETTING FROM IT. SO I THINK WE NEED A GOOD BALANCE OF PORTFOLIO THAT INCLUDES, YOU KNOW, HIGH-END KIND OF MISSIONS THAT ARE WHAT WE CALL FLAGSHIP MISSIONS AND OTHERS THAT ARE SMALLER TO KEEP THAT BALANCE PORTFOLIO. TO BE CLEAR, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, THE PLANETARY SCIENCE MISSIONS, THE HEEL LOW PHYSICS MISSIONS, ASTROPHYSICS MISSION, EARTH-SCIENCE MISSIONS, ALL OF THOSE ARE BALANCED ACROSS THE ENTIRE PORTFOLIO AND BALANCE THOSE MISSIONS WITH THE HUMAN MISSIONS. THE KEY IS TO CREATE A BALANCED PORTFOLIO TO GET AS MUCH SCIENCE AS WE CAN FROM OUR AGENCY.>>IF I COULD ADD ONE THING TO THAT. YOU’RE ALL INVITED BACK IN 26 MONTHS FOR THE LANDING OF MARS 2020.>>THERE YOU GO. [ APPLAUSE ]>>SO WE ARE AVOIDING A GAP.>>HI. — YOUTUBER CHANNEL. MY QUESTION IS FOR ELIZABETH. YOU HAVE DEMONSTRATED HOW THE INSTRUMENTS ARE GOING TO PAN OUT WITH A VIDEO, YOU SPEND A LOT OF TIME ON THIS, AND IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS AND WEEKS, HOW LONG IS THE — OF THE INSTRUMENTS GOING TO TAKE AND WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST RISKS OF THAT PROCESS?>>SO THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS, WE ACTUALLY JUST ARE DOING THE INITIAL ASSESSMENT OF THE DEPLOYMENT AREA. AND THEN WE BEGIN THE DEPLOYMENT ITSELF. TO GET ALL OF THE INSTRUMENTS ON THE GROUND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE APPROXIMATELY 2-3 MONTHS FOR FINAL DEPLOYMENT. AT WHICH POINT WE CAN THEN START THE PENETRATION WITH THE MOLE AND THE COMMISSIONING. SO WE EXPECT APPROXIMATELY 2-3 MONTHS. I LIKEN IT TO A GAME OF PLAYING THAT CLAW GAME AT A CARNIVAL, YOU’RE DOING IT WITH A REALLY VALUABLE PRIZE AND YOU’RE DOING IT BLIND FOLDED WHERE YOU CAN ONLY TAKE OCCASIONAL PICTURES AND THEN YOU’RE DOING IT VIA REMOTE CONTROL ON ANOTHER PLANET. SO IT MAKES IT A LITTLE BIT LONGER, YOU NEED TO TAKE MORE PAUSES TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE GRAPPLE ON THE PAYLOAD BEFORE YOU LIFT IT UP AND IT’S ON THE GROUND BEFORE YOU LET IT GO. SO YOU WANT TO TAKE THOSE PAUSES ALONG THE WAY TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS GOING WELL. SO IT’S EXPECTED TO TAKE THAT DURATION TO ALLOW US TO HAVE THOSE BREAKS IN THE PROCESS. IN TERMS OF WHAT WE NEED TO DO, I THINK THE BIGGEST THING IS CHOOSING OUR FINAL DEPLOYMENT LOCATIONS. AND JUST MAKING SURE THAT WE PRACTICE THAT A LOT. WE HAVE A TEST BED HERE THAT WE WILL TERA FORM TO LOOK LIKE THE MARTIAN AREA WE LAND IN, AND WE’LL PRACTICE DEPLOYING TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS GOING TO GO SMOOTHLY.>>ANYMORE QUESTIONS IN THE ROOM? YES?>>Reporter: SORRY, WITH APOLOGIES TO THE INSIGHT TEAM, I’M GOING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASK MR. BRIAN STEIN ANOTHER QUESTION ABOUT THE FUTURE OF MARS EXPLORATION. THERE ISN’T ANOTHER MARS MISSION ON THE BOOKS AFTER MARS 2020. WHAT ARE THE PLANS TO — REPLACE THE AGING TELECOMMUNICATION ORBIT TORS, NOT REPLACE BUT IMPROVE UPON?>>THE TWO CRITICAL ISSUES. MARS 2020 IS GOING TO CACHE ON THE SAMPLES. SO AFTER MARS 2020, WE NEED A SAMPLE RETURN MISSION, BUT YOU’RE RIGHT, WITH ALL OF THESE VERY SUCCESSFUL MISSIONS, ON THE SURFACE OF MARS, TO INCLUDE NOT JUST MARS 2020, BUT ONE THING THAT I KNOW CHAIRMAN JOHN CULBERSON HAS BEEN SO COMMITTED TO IS THE MARS HELICOPTER, THE IDEA THAT WE’RE GOING TO FLY A HELICOPTER WITH THE MARS 2020 MISSION, WITH ALL OF THESE ACTIVITIES, YOU’RE RIGHT, WE’RE GOING TO NEED MORE COMMUNICATION ARCHITECTURE AROUND MARS. SO THE ANSWER IS, WE’RE PUTTING TOGETHER BUDGET REQUESTS RIGHT NOW AND PRESENTING THEM TO PEOPLE WITHIN OMB AND WITHIN THE WHITE HOUSE, TO BE PREPARED FOR THE DAY WHEN WE CAN GO TO MARS WITH THE EVEN MORE MISSIONS. IT’S A HIGH PRIORITY FOR US, WE DON’T — NASA HAS A LONG HISTORY OF BUILDING UPON THE LAST SUCCESS. AND THAT’S ULTIMATELY WHAT WE WANT TO DO HERE.>>OKAY, WE’RE GOING TO CHECK IN WITH SOCIAL MEDIA, STEPHANIE, DO YOU HAVE ANYMORE?>>ABSOLUTELY. SO A SIMPLE ONE, ETHAN PLANT WOULD LIKE TO KNOW, HOW MUCH TIME WAS SPENT PLANNING THE INSIGHT MISSION? [ LAUGHTER ]>>WOW. WOW. WELL, YOU CAN — YOU MAY OR MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SEE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT ARE AROUND IN THIS ROOM, AND THIS IS PROBABLY ONLY HALF OR SO OF THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE WORKED ON IT. PROBABLY ON AVERAGE FOR FOUR OR MORE YEARS. AND SO YOU MULTIPLY THAT ALL OUT, REALLY QUICKLY IN YOUR HEAD, WHICH I CAN’T DO, ONE OF OUR NAVIGATORS ALREADY DID IT AND PROBABLY TO THE 14th DECIMAL POINT. BUT IT’S A HUGE, HUGE AMOUNT OF WORK THAT’S GONE ON BOTH AT JPL AND ALL OF OUR PARTNERS AND OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS TO MAKE THIS A SUCCESS. THERE’S STILL A LOT MORE WORK TO DO. AS ELIZABETH POINTED OUT, WE’VE GOTTEN PART OF THE WAY DONE WITH THIS MISSION, WE MAYBE GOT THE HARD PART OUT, BUT THERE MIGHT BE SOME CHALLENGES STILL IN GETTING THE DEPLOYMENT DONE, SO THERE’S A LOT MORE TIME TO GO AND WORK TO BE DONE.>>YEAH, AND IN TERMS OF PLAYING THIS PARTICULAR MISSION, I WOULD SAY WE PROBABLY SITTING DOWN IN A ROOM AND SKETCHING OUT ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO, TRYING TO GET TOGETHER THE IDEAS FOR THE PROPOSAL THAT FINALLY BECAME THIS MISSION, EVENTUALLY. SO I WOULD SAY ABOUT 10 YEARS WE’VE BEEN PLANNING THIS. ON SOME LEVEL, I’VE BEEN PLANNING THIS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS, BECAUSE BACK IN 1988 OR SO, I STARTED WORKING WITH SOME ENGINEERS HERE AT JPL TO TROO TOY DEVELOP A SIZE MOM TER TO GO TO MARS, THE KIND OF MISSION THAT WOULD CARRY IT. AND SO DEPENDING ON HOW YOU WANT TO CALCULATE IT, IT COULD BE 30 YEARS, 5 YEARS OR A COUPLE OF THOUSAND YEARS AS TOM WAS GOING TO DO IT.>>AND FOR MIKE WATKINS, COOL AMERICAN ADVENTURES FROM OUR YOUTUBE CHAT. ONE DREAM TAKE AWAY FROM THIS MISSION?>>TO REMIND US TO BE BOLD AND REMIND US TO KEEP TAKING CHALLENGES AND KEEP MOVING FORWARD. AND NEVER TO BE SCARED OF THESE KIND OF CHALLENGES. IT’S WHAT WE DO. YOU HAVE TO TAKE THESE CHANCES TO GO FORWARD. WE’VE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH, RECENTLY, TO BE VERY SUCCESSFUL. YOU HAVE TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD AND TRYING THESE THINGS. WE TRY THEM ON MARS, WE TRY THEM ON EUO PA AND ALL AROUND THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND IT’S SOMETHING THAT I THINK IS PART OF HUMAN NATURE AND SOMETHING THAT WE — A CHALLENGE WE HAVE TO KEEP TAKING.>>ALL RIGHT. AND WITH THAT, I THINK THAT’S AN OUTSTANDING CLOSING STATEMENT FOR TODAY’S NEWS CONFERENCE. WE’RE GOING TO DO A REPLAY OF IMAGES FOR MEDIA, IF YOU WANT THE REPLAY OF IMAGES, IN A COUPLE OF MINUTES BEFORE WE CLOSE OUT. THERE ARE TEAM MEMBERS HERE WHO WANTED TO COME THROUGH AND DO THEIR HIGH-FIVES, COME ON THROUGH, GANG, AND THIS IS — [ APPLAUSE ]>>GOOD JOB! [ APPLAUSE ]

51 Replies to “Watch Live: NASA Officials Give Briefing After Successful Mars Landing | NBC News

  1. The only thing LIVE BROADCAST are the red-shirted nerd army sitting on their butts while shopping on Amazon or Wayfair for Christmas presents, then performing a coreographed and well rehearsed "success dance". No LIVE broadcast of the phony "Mars Insight" landing. Here's some insight…are all of the viewers truly convinced by the CGI that this is the real deal? Even if this is real, there is ZERO positive impact on the lives of the paying overtaxed-public.

  2. Interesting…As far as I can tell by live Mars position and data, Mars is approx. 147,000,000 miles away. Traveling at the speed of light that's about a 13 minute travel time. As I watched the landing feed they stated that Doppler radar has reported seeing the parachute open and then about 2 minutes and 35 seconds later the Mars' Rover landed. By these numbers the Doppler data on the parachute opening should have been received a a bit over 10 minutes after the landing. I don't know, go figure.

  3. What is up with the comments on here? Like do this people just sit around waiting for video and just keep spamming "fake" like do you people don't have anything better to do?

  4. When life is hard, I escape with TV.
    I love watching
    'real news'…!! It's good for a laugh.
    Realize the real LIES Folks!!

  5. Everyone in the world takes pics of everything including their food …its funny how pics n videos come to a hault when NASA is involved…one of the companies with The most advanced tech cannot provide real time video or images of their exploitations n landings .. I stopped believing a long time ago

  6. this is like clapping for a checkers match in N. Korea that is happening in an underground bunker with no cameras to verify anything. This is YOUTUBE..as in show us something allready!!

  7. Wake up all you sleepy sheep – You have been deceived. No one can land on Mars because it is a wandering STAR – a luminary and not a solid surface – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMZUYlCl-B4&feature=push-u-sub&attr_tag=pjaGKXvTvkzEnovs%3A6

  8. a waste of money…because you'll never find another perfect planet like earth…how about using all those millions or billions to fix the mess here..

  9. The give away is all the camera dudes filming the reaction of the silly number of NASA People looking at screens with numbers. That picture by Marco is so computer generated. So disappointing NASA, but so expected

  10. Someone should really commentate this ridiculous video that is pushed on us as reality. Wake up everyone, this is bull crap

  11. You know, It is interesting that NASA people and so many recent documents of astrophysicists are talking about how much frozen water there is that hold our universe in place. It kind of makes me think of how it is written in Genesis 1, where the firmament was placed by God to separate the water from above from that of below. No where is vacuum of space every noted. Maybe the reason NASA prepares it’s astronauts in swimming pools is that they know there is no space but water?

  12. Why aren't their ANY AFRICANS sitting in the phony control room?? I'll tell you why…. Blacks aren't that stupid to believe that NASA sent anything…because they didn't send anything. It's all fake CGI.

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