Planetary Radio • Mar 24, 2021
The Perseverance Rover and a Great First Month on Mars
On This Episode
Katie Stack Morgan
Mars 2020 Rover Perseverance Deputy Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Lab
Perseverance Deputy Project Scientist and Director of the Jet Propulsion Lab’s Astrobiogeochemistry Lab
Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager for The Planetary Society
Senior Communications Adviser and former Host of Planetary Radio for The Planetary Society
Deputy project scientists Katie Stack Morgan and Ken Williford are living on Mars time and living for Mars. We get an update from them on the work of the Mars 2020 rover. Perseverance is already accomplishing terrific science after just 5 weeks on the Red Planet. Katie and Ken also tell us what’s ahead, including launch of Mars helicopter Ingenuity. Then it’s checkmate as Bruce Betts makes his next move across the night sky in What’s Up.
- Perseverance, NASA's Newest Mars Rover
- Perseverance Firsts: The Best Moments from NASA's Mars Rover Landing
- Planetary Radio: How Perseverance will Search for Life on Mars
- Another First: Perseverance Captures the Sounds of Driving on Mars
- Katie Stack Morgan
- Kenneth Williford
- The Downlink
This week's prizes:
A copy of Spacefarers: How Humans will Settle the Moon, Mars and Beyond by Christopher Wanjek
This week's question:
What part of the International Space Station is named after a chess piece?
To submit your answer:
Complete the contest entry form at https://www.planetary.org/radiocontest or write to us at [email protected] no later than Wednesday, March 31st at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Last week's question:
What was the Hayabusa2’s Small Carry-on Impactor’s (SCI’s) projectile made of?
The winner will be revealed next week.
Question from the 10 March 2021 space trivia contest:
What was the original official name of the Mars InSight mission?
The original official name of the Mars InSight mission was GEMS: GEophysical Monitoring Station.