Green Bank Observatory tracking Mars InSight lander, hosting watch party

Pocahontas County
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POCAHONTAS COUNTY, WV (WVNS/CBS) — A 300-million-mile journey comes to an end today. 

NASA is making last minute maneuvers to guide its insight spacecraft to a successful touchdown on Mars; and while this is happening, all eyes are on West Virginia. 

NASA will use the Green Bank Telescope in Pocahontas County to track the Mars InSight lander. 
As it lands, it will broadcast radio tones 91 million miles back to Earth, where scientists at the Green Bank Observatory will be listening. 

People are invited to watch and learn more about this historic event at Green Bank Observatory from 1 to 4 this afternoon. 

The lander will be the first U-S robot to land on Mars since the Curiosity Rover in 20-12. 

Insight will use solar panels and send NASA scientists data about the red planet’s core.

More on this story on 59 News this evening. 

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