Watson Lecture - Perseverance on Mars
- Public Event
After eight years of development at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Perseverance rover was successfully launched on its journey to Mars on July 30, 2020. In this Watson Lecture, Farley will describe how this highly capable rover will investigate rocks deposited billions of years ago at the bottom of a large lake (long since disappeared), seeking evidence of possible martian life at that time. He will also look at how the rocks carefully collected by Perseverance during these explorations will provide the cargo for the first-ever effort to bring samples back to Earth from another planet. The riskiest moments of the mission will occur on February 18, 2021, as the spacecraft penetrates the martian atmosphere and deposits Perseverance on the surface.
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About the Speaker
Kenneth A. Farley is W.M. Keck Foundation Professor of Geochemistry at Caltech.
About the Series
Many past Watson Lectures are available in a playlist on YouTube.