NASA has announced that it will hold an information meeting on the early scientific discoveries of Mars Rover’s Perseverance next week. The report on virtual media will be on Wednesday, July 21, at 1pm CET. At the meeting, NASA will discuss, among other things, the early scientific results of Mars Rover’s Perseverance.
One of the key topics covered is NASA’s preparations to collect the first Martian samples collected by Perseverance to return to Earth for further study. There are experiments and science that can be performed on rocks here on Earth that are impossible to perform on Mars. One of the main goals of exploring Mars is to find out if the planet had a past life or maybe it is currently hiding some life.
The report will take place at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, where the Mars 2020 Perseverance space mission is being operated. Anyone can tune in and listen to the information meeting, which will be broadcast via NASA Television, the NASA app, and the NASA website. The report is also streamed live on social media platforms, including JPL YouTube and the Facebook page.
NASA staff participating in the briefing include:
- Thomas Zurbuchen, Science Fellow, NASA Headquarters
- Jennifer Trosper, Persistence Project Manager, JPL
- Olivier Toupet, Head of Advanced Navigation Team Perseverance, JPL
- Ken Farley, Perseverance Project Scientist, Caltech
- Vivian Sun, head of the scientific campaign for perseverance, JPL
Part of the questions and answers for media and public representatives will also be presented at the information meeting. Questions will be selected during meetings via social media using the hashtag #AskNASA. Perseverance landed on the Red Planet on February 18, 2021, and began the scientific phase of its mission on June 1.