NASA’s next Mars mission: Perseverance – The Mars 2020 Rover with Paul Cirillo, Astronomer

Learn all about NASA’s next mission to Mars! The Mars 2020 Rover will look for signs of habitable conditions on Mars in the ancient past as well as for signs of past microbial life itself. The rover will be using a drill to collect core samples and set them aside on the surface of Mars for a future mission to potentially return them to Earth. The mission will also demonstrate technologies for future human expeditions to Mars, such as producing oxygen from the Martian atmosphere, identifying water resources, improving landing techniques, and characterizing weather, dust, and other potential environmental conditions that could affect the future astronauts living and working on Mars. Perseverance is scheduled to land on Mars on February 18, 2021.

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