NASA Offers Opportunities for Media to Engage with Mars Perseverance Rover Landing
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA will host virtual news briefings, live shows, and activities the week of Feb. 15 to discuss events surrounding the landing of its Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. Landing on the Red Planet will occur about 3:55 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 18. Live landing commentary will begin at 2:15 p.m. on NASA Television, the agency's website, the NASA app, and YouTube.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the focus will be on virtual opportunities for the media and public, with in-person opportunities onsite at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California limited to members of the media who already have been credentialed.
Perseverance, which launched July 30, 2020, will search for signs of ancient microbial life, collect carefully selected rock and regolith (broken rock and dust) samples for future return to Earth, characterize Mars' geology and climate, and pave the way for human exploration beyond the Moon. It is NASA's fifth Mars rover and, if successful, will be the agency's ninth Mars landing.
Perseverance also is carrying along a technology experiment – the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter – which will attempt the first powered, controlled flight on another planet.
News Briefing and Televised Event Schedule
News briefings will originate from JPL's Von Karman Auditorium, but all media participation will be virtual. Members of the media who want to participate in any of the news conferences must contact Rexana Vizza (email@example.com) no later than one hour before each briefing's start time to ask questions over a phone line. Members of the media and public also may ask questions on social media during the events using #CountdownToMars.
Tuesday, Feb. 16
1 p.m. – News conference: Mission Engineering and Technology Overview, featuring:
3:30 p.m. – News conference: Mission Science Overview, featuring:
1 p.m. – News conference: Mission Landing Update, featuring:
3 p.m. – News conference: Searching for Ancient Life at Mars and in Samples Returned to Earth, featuring:
Thursday, Feb. 18
In addition, an uninterrupted clean feed of cameras from inside JPL Mission Control, with mission audio only, will be available at 2 p.m. EST on the NASA TV Media Channel and at the JPLraw YouTube channel.
A 360-degree livestream of the Mars landing from inside mission control, including landing commentary, will be available at the NASA-JPL YouTube channel.
2:30 p.m. – "Juntos Perseveramos," the live Spanish-language landing commentary show, on NASA en Español's YouTube channel.
About 3:55 p.m. – Expected time of Perseverance touchdown on Mars
No earlier than 5:30 p.m. – Post-landing news conference originating from Von Karman Auditorium
Friday, Feb. 19
1 p.m. – News conference: Mission status update
Monday, Feb. 22
2 p.m. – News conference: Mission status update
To watch news conferences and commentary online, visit:
A complete list of ways to watch online can be found at:
Live shots and remote live interviews via Zoom will be offered from 4 to 7 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 17, and 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 18.
To book a live shot window, media should complete and submit the form at: https://forms.gle/afTsM9PwHfbgZebX9.
Interview requests outside of those windows can be arranged by filling out the form at: https://bit.ly/mars-landing-media or by calling JPL's Digital News and Media Office at: 818-354-5011.
A Perseverance landing toolkit provides additional details about all the activities planned for landing week, as well as additional links for learning more about the rover and helicopter.
For more about Perseverance:
For more about Ingenuity:
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