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NASA to Discuss Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mission with Space Foundation

18 Jul 2020, 19:37 UTC
NASA to Discuss Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mission with Space Foundation
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In February 2021, NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover and NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter (shown in an artist’s concept) will be the agency’s two newest explorers on Mars. Both were named by students as part of an essay contest. (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA leadership will participate in a virtual discussion with the Space Foundation on the upcoming Mars 2020 Perseverance rover launch at 1 p.m. EDT Monday, July 20. The event, called Roving the Red Planet, will stream live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

The Space Foundation will moderate the discussion, which features NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who will highlight how NASA’s Artemis program for the Moon and the Mars Perseverance rover mission are helping prepare humanity for its next giant leap – human exploration of Mars. Other panelists include:

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission DirectorateMichael Watkins, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)MiMi Aung, Ingenuity helicopter project manager, JPLThomas Zelibor, chief executive officer, Space Foundation

Media can submit questions online using the hashtag #askSF.

The Mars 2020 mission is scheduled to launch from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 7:50 a.m. EDT Thursday, July 30. ...

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