Virtual Public Lecture on NASA's Perseverance Rover
June 12, 2020
In July 2020, NASA will launch the Perseverance rover as part of a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. Perseverance is a one-ton vehicle patterned after the Curiosity rover, but with a new mission: collect samples of rocks and soils for future return to Earth. A new set of instruments will study the mineralogy and chemistry of the samples and search for organic molecules at a new landing site—Jezero crater. The rover also has an instrument to produce oxygen—a technology being tested to prepare for future human expeditions to Mars.
NASA's Perseverance rover and the prospect of round-trip robotic Mars missions
presented by Dr. Roger Wiens, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Thursday, June 18, 2020
7:30 p.m. Central
Dr. Wiens' 30-40 minute presentation will be followed by time for Q&A from the audience and is intended for inquisitive adults.