Committee members will discuss the rover’s recently launched science campaign and the basis for its next major achievement.
NASA will hold a virtual media briefing at 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PT) on Wednesday, July 21, to discuss early science results from the agency’s Mars Perseverance rover and its preparations to collect the first-ever Mars samples for its planned return to Earth.
The briefing will come from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, where the Mars 2020 Perseverance mission is managed. It will be broadcast live on NASA TV, and NASA appAgency website and broadcast live on several agencies’ social media platforms, including JPL Youtube And the Facebook social networking site channels.
Briefing participants includes:
- Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Director of Science, NASA Headquarters
- Jennifer Trosper, Perseverance Project Manager, JPL
- Olivier Taubet, Team Leader for Perseverance Enhanced Navigation, JPL
- Ken Farley, Perseverance Project Scientist, Caltech
- Vivian Sun, co-lead of the persistent science expedition, JPL
Audience members can also ask questions on social media during the briefing using #AskNASA.
Perseverance landed at Jezero Crater on February 18. The rover team recently completed its initial exit period, which lasted for 90 Mars, or Mars days, which included a test flight of helicopters on Mars. Perseverance began the science phase of its mission on June 1.
Astrobiology is one of the main goals of the persistence mission to Mars, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and store Martian rocks and regolith.
Subsequent NASA missions, in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA), will send spacecraft to Mars to collect these sealed samples from the surface and return them to Earth for in-depth analysis.
The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission is part of NASA’s Lunar-to-Mars Exploration Approach, which includes Artemis missions to the Moon that will help prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is managed by the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.