InSight: Pre-launch briefing videocast

InSight, the first planetary mission to take off from the West Coast, is targeted to launch at 4:05 a.m. PDT (7:05 a.m. EDT) on May 5 from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California, aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.

The agency hosted a prelaunch briefing on May 3 at VAFB. Presenters included:

• Jim Green, NASA chief scientist
•Tom Hoffman, InSight project manager at JPL
• Stu Spath, InSight program manager at Lockheed Martin Space, Denver
• Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
• Annick Sylvestre-Baron, deputy project manager for InSight seismometer investigation at France’s space agency, the Centre National d’Études Spatiales, Paris
• Philippe Lognonné, InSight seismometer investigation lead at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France
• Tilman Spohn, investigation lead at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) for the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Probe (HP3), an instrument on InSight, Berlin
• Andrew Klesh, MarCO chief engineer at JPL
• Anne Marinan, MarCO systems engineer at JPL
• Tim Dunn, launch director with NASA’s Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center, Florida
• Scott Messer, ULA program manager for NASA launches, Centennial, Colorado
• Col. Michael Hough, commander of the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Central California
• 1st Lt. Kristina Williams, weather officer for the 30th Space Wing [More at link]

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