We’re just a few days away from the launch of NASA’s next flagship mission to Mars – the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover! Curiosity’s successor is set to kick off an ambitious Mars Sample Return campaign, look for signs of life, and demonstrate some experimental exploration technology. We want you to watch this historic launch with us during our first YouTube livestream event!
Jake will be joined by past guest and Professional Martian Dr. Tanya Harrison, who returns to WeMartians to co-host this launch event. We’ll be live on the Off-Nominal YouTube channel at T-40 minutes before liftoff, which is currently scheduled for 7:50 AM Eastern Time (but that can always change, so check the current launch time to be sure).
Co-Host – Dr. Tanya Harrison
Dr. Tanya Harrison is a planetary scientist and the Manager of Science Programs at Planet Labs. She operated cameras on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity as well as Curiosity.
As we wait for the United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket to take off, we’ll cover the mission’s highlights, compare it to Curiosity’s and explore its quirks. To help us, we’ll be joined by three expert guests.
Dr. Alexandra Pontefract
Dr. Alexandra Pontefract is an Assistant Research Professor and Astrobiologist from Georgetown University. She’ll tell us all about the search for Life on Mars and why Perseverance is well-equipped to go after such big scientific questions.
Dr. Nathan Williams
Dr. Nathan William is a Geologist and Science Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He’s be telling us about Ingenuity, the companion helicopter that will demonstrate the first powered flight on another planet ever.
Phillip Hargrove is a Launch Vehicle Trajectory Analyst with NASA’s Launch Services Program. He’ll be talking about planning a seven-month trip to Mars and how to fire a rocket in just the right way to land on a specific spot on Mars.
Watch with us!
We hope you’ll watch the historic Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover launch along with us! Subscribe to the YouTube channel to get the notification when we go live, and be sure to sign up on our mailing list to get updates on this event and all that Jake does!
Ad Ares, Perseverance!