February 2023 - Perseverance: Two Years on Mars
Perseverance: Two Years on Mars
Time: 7 p.m. PST (10 p.m. EST; 0300 UTC)
The Perseverance Rover has changed the way we look at Mars. Perseverance is investigating Jezero Crater – a region of Mars where the ancient environment may have been favorable for microbial life – probing the Martian rocks for evidence of past life. The rover carries an entirely new subsystem to collect and prepare Martian rocks and sediment samples that includes a coring drill on its arm and a rack of titanium sample tubes in its chassis. Throughout its exploration of the region, Perseverance will collect promising samples, seal them in tubes and store them in its chassis until depositing them on the Martian surface for retrieval by a future mission. We’ll talk with members of the Mars 2020 team about the past two years of operation and discovery.
Dr. Sunanda Sharma, Postdoctoral Fellow, Mars 2020, NASA/JPL
Nikki Wyrick, Office of Communications and Education, NASA/JPL
Sarah Marcotte, Mars Public Engagement, NASA/JPL