Green Bank Observatory
Photo courtesy the GBO Facebook page.

Green Bank Observatory to track InSight Lander as it descends to Mars

The Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County will listen to the signal and gather data from NASA’s Mars InSight Lander as it descends to the surface of the Red Planet Monday.

The Green Bank Observatory Science Center is also holding a landing party to celebrate the occasion Monday afternoon.

From 1-4 p.m., visitors can watch live footage from NASA TV and the GBT Control Room, engage in hands-on activities, attend a special presentation and more to learn about Mars and the InSight Lander, according to the event’s Facebook page.

The event is free. Visit or call (304) 456-2150 for more information.

InSight — which stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport — will give the Red Planet its first thorough checkup since it formed nearly 4.5 billion years ago, according to GBO.

“Using cutting edge instruments, the lander will delve deep beneath the surface and seek the fingerprints of the processes that formed Mars. InSight will measure the planet’s ‘vital signs’ — its ‘pulse’ (seismology), ‘temperature’ (heat flow), and ‘reflexes’ (precision tracking),” according to information released by the observatory.

“NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will use the GBT to directly intercept and track the signal from InSight during the Lander’s Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) to the Martian surface. This data will confirm the safe landing of InSight as well as provide information on the speed and direction of the Lander as it goes through its landing sequence.”



New Buckhannon Parks and Rec Board wants to create more informative signs for local parks

BUCKHANNON – The new City of Buckhannon Parks and Recreation Board wants to make the city’s parks a little more user-friendly as one of its first official orders of business. Mayor Robbie Skinner presented drafts of potential signage during the […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story — and thousands more. Free trial available! Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

Student public art project back to the drawing board after tests reveal possible issues

BUCKHANNON – The Consolidated Public Works Board voted against approving the placement of a student art project on the sidewalks along the Strawberry Festival parade route after testing the materials involved. Buckhannon-Upshur Middle art teacher Alyssa Murphy previously attended the […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story — and thousands more. Free trial available! Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.


Upshur County Sports Calendar

MONDAY (Feb. 6) Basketball TUESDAY (Feb. 7) Basketball Swimming WEDNESDAY (Feb. 8) Basketball Swimming THURSDAY (Feb. 9) Basketball Swimming FRIDAY (Feb. 10) Swimming Wrestling SATURDAY (Feb. 11) Acrobatics and Tumbling Basketball Wrestling SUNDAY (Feb. 12)

WVWC Tennis

Wesleyan men’s tennis opens spring season at UC Invite

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan men’s tennis team saw three doubles wins and five singles wins against defending MEC Champion Charleston in the two-day UC Invite. Day 1 WinnersKevin Lin and Camillo Salvi

Poor second half costs ‘Cats in 73-50 setback to Battlers

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan men’s basketball team were defeated by Alderson Broaddus on the road on Saturday evening 73-50. The Battlers shot 46% from the field and knocked down eight three-pointers in

Lady ‘Cats drop 63-57 road decision to Alderson Broaddus

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan women’s basketball team dropped a crucial MEC matchup on the road to Alderson Broaddus 63-57 on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Bobcats shot 42% from the field but fell



Nearly $400,000 in Historic Preservation Development Grants available

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Applications are now available for matching historic preservation Development Grants through the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the Department of Arts, Culture and History. Eligible projects include the restoration, rehabilitation or

This Week in West Virginia History

Charleston, WV – The following events happened on these dates in West Virginia history. To read more, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at Feb. 5, 1889: Fiddler and self-taught physician James Franklin