Mars, perhaps the only planet in the universe populated solely by robots, is about to gain a new resident — that is, if everything goes the way it’s supposed to today.
Watch the landing live right here. The stream is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Eastern time.
At 3 p.m. EST, NASA’s InSight lander is scheduled to touch down on the Red Planet’s Elysium Planitia — a short 91 million miles away from its starting point at Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California this past May. Once there, it will relay scientific data regarding the Martian planet’s interior via a pair of cube-satellites that made the trip alongside InSight — the first cube sats ever to survive such a lengthy trip through deep space.