Live Streaming From NASA Mission Operations at Qatar National Library

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Published November 22nd, 2018 - 06:23 GMT
Qatar National Library
Qatar National Library

Following a 205-day journey, NASA’s InSight Mars Lander is set to touch down on Mars to begin a thorough exploration of the planet’s inner space – and the landing will be streamed live at Qatar National Library on 26 November. The InSight Mission will be NASA’s first Mars landing since 2012, and will be watched live by millions worldwide.

The event will start at 10:00 PM with a lecture on landing on planets by Dr. Essam Heggy, Research Scientist in Earth and Planetary Sciences and a member of several Space Missions. Attendees will have the chance to have live conversations with scientists from NASA about the landing and the wider mission. The landing is scheduled to take place at 11:00 PM (Doha time).

Astronomy enthusiasts, students, scientists and the general public are encouraged to attend the event by registering online in advance, and collecting access cards from the Library. Since the event will take place after hours, attendance will not be possible unless access cards have been collected in advance.

Dr. Nouf Khashman, Outreach and Community Engagement Manager at Qatar National Library, said: ‘Providing diverse learning opportunities is a fundamental part of our work at the Library. The Science Book Forum enables young learners to foster skills that will help them pursue careers in science. Such events play an important role in encouraging discovery and imagination among the youth in Qatar.’

The event is part of the Library’s Science Book Forum, chaired by Dr. Essam Heggy, which aims to help young minds develop a lasting interest in reading science books. 

Dr. Heggy, said: ‘Every landing is a challenging moment for the whole space science community. Insight will try to answer crucial scientific questions on Mars interior and how it is different from the one of our planet. This will bring new insights on Mars formation and evolution that remains largely unconstrained.’

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Qatar National Library

Qatar National Library acts as a steward of Qatar’s national heritage by collecting, preserving and making available the country’s recorded history. In its role as a research library with a preeminent heritage library, the Library fosters and promotes greater global insight into the history and culture of the Gulf region. As a public library, we provide equal access for all of Qatar's residents to an environment that supports creativity, independent decision-making, and cultural development. Through all our functions, we provide leadership to the country’s library and cultural heritage sector.

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