InSight touched down on Mars at 11:52:59 a.m. PT (2:52:59 p.m. ET) on Nov. 26, 2018. The lander plunged through the thin Martian atmosphere, heatshield first, and used a parachute to slow down. It fired its retro rockets to slowly descend to the surface of Mars, and land on the smooth plains of Elysium Planitia.
Read more about the Entry, Descent, and Landing.
The landing of InSight was a major accomplishment for NASA! Make this event relevant to your students through a STEM activity. Have them design their own lander to carry and place an egg safely on a hard surface.