Cocopah’s youth scientists witness NASA’s successful Mars landing

Seventh graders at Cocopah Middle School watched NASA’s Insight Lander successfully landed on Mars. (submitted photo)

Cocopah Middle School’s seventh graders participated in a NASA Insight watch party on Monday, Nov. 26, as NASA’s Insight Lander successfully landed on Mars.

Seventh graders study space during their science classes, according to a press release.

“The excitement in the classroom was out of this world,“ said Science Teacher Tracey Dodrill and NASA Solar System Ambassador.
“The kids got to see history in the making! It was an exciting time.”

Mission controllers at NASA-Jet Propulsion Lab received a signal from NASA’s Insight lander on the Mars surface via MarCO OR, a beep from Insight’s X-band radio shortly after 1 p.m.

Students celebrated the successful landing in their classroom with their teacher, the press release stated.

Insight is a mission to Mars to help scientists understand the formation and early evolution of all rocky planets, including Earth.

In addition to Insight, a technology demonstration called Mars Cube One (MarCO) is flying separately to the Red Planet. It will test a new kind of data relay from another planet for the first time, though Insight’s success is not dependent on MarCO.

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