The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover will be landing on the Red Planet this week to search for signs of ancient microbial life and we’ll get to watch the rover land on Mars in real time! Well, there’s a seven-minute delay, but close enough.
Why are we so interested in the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover landing you ask? Well, in addition to the excitement of learning about the possibility of there having been life on Mars, Nebula members Impossible Sensing will be supporting the science operations of two laser systems aboard the rover as they gather hard-to-reach data that will be examined here on earth as part of the Nasa Mars Sample Return.
Impossible Sensing is known for creating solutions to problems often thought impossible by developing cutting edge optical sensors that can be utilized in the most extreme environments, like the surface of Mars. Their support of this technology means that information regarding ancient life on Mars could be discovered here on Cherokee Street!
To celebrate the occasion + the hard work of our pals at Impossible Sensing, we’re inviting our members to join us as we stream the Mars 2020 mission landing at Nebula. For those who would like to join in at home, you can watch the landing from NASA’s website or Youtube channel.
To learn more about Impossible Sensing check out their website + swing by the Nebula blog for a Q+A with Impossible Sensing’s Kristin Dennis. To learn more about the Mars Perseverance Rover + its mission, visit NASA’s website.