Vermonters with an interest in science and exploration can learn more about NASA’s initiatives in a friendly and knowledgeable setting by participating in a Zoom call during the historic live landing of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m.

Perseverance is carrying new science instruments and technologies, including the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter on its belly.

Perseverance will use a drill on the end of its robotic arm to capture rock and regolith (broken rock and dust) samples in metal tubes, which will be deposited on the surface of Mars for a future mission to collect and return to earth.

The rover will seek signs of ancient life on the Red Planet as a primary goal.

Solar system ambassadors participating in the briefing are Scott Turnbull, Essex; Cynthia Shelton, Putney; Elaine Fortin, Morristown; and Caleigh Cross, Stowe.

Email Cross at for access info to the event. There are only 500 registration spaces available.  

To learn more about Perseverance, The event will also air live on NASA TV, the agency’s website, and YouTube.

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