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Watch live now! NASA Mars Perseverance rover science overview

Watch live this week! NASA Mars Perseverance rover landing events

NASA will discuss the technology and engineering behind its Perseverance Mars rover in a news briefing today (Feb. 16) at 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT). The rover will attempt to land on the Red Planet this Thursday (Feb. 18). 

After the technology overview, NASA officials will hold another briefing to discuss the mission’s science objectives at 3:30 p.m. EST (2030 GMT). You can watch the live briefings in the window above, courtesy of NASA TV. 

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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 (rexana.v.vizza@jpl.nasa.gov) 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.

All NASA TV news conferences will be available on the agency’s website and the NASA app. Briefing times listed below are Eastern and are subject to change, as are speakers:

Tuesday, Feb. 16

1 p.m. – News conference: Mission Engineering and Technology Overview, featuring:

  • Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science, NASA Headquarters
  • Jennifer Trosper, Perseverance deputy project manager, JPL
  • Adam Steltzner, Perseverance chief engineer, JPL
  • Erisa Stilley, Perseverance entry, descent, and landing systems engineer, JPL
  • Trudy Kortes, director of technology demonstrations, NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), NASA Headquarters
  • Jeff Sheehy, chief engineer, STMD, NASA Headquarters
  • MiMi Aung, Ingenuity project manager, JPL

3:30 p.m. – News conference: Mission Science Overview, featuring:

  • Lori Glaze, director, NASA’s Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters
  • Ken Williford, Perseverance deputy project scientist, JPL
  • Katie Stack Morgan, Perseverance deputy project scientist, JPL
  • Luther Beegle, principal investigator, Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals (SHERLOC) instrument, JPL
  • Jim Bell, principal investigator, Mastcam-Z instrument, Arizona State University, Tempe
  • Sylvestre Maurice, deputy principal investigator, SuperCam instrument, Institut de Recherche Astrophysique et Planétologie, Toulouse, France

Wednesday, Feb. 17

1 p.m. – News conference: Mission Landing Update, featuring:

  • Lori Glaze, director, NASA’s Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters
  • Matt Wallace, Perseverance deputy project manager, JPL
  • Jennifer Trosper, Perseverance deputy project manager, JPL
  • Allen Chen, Perseverance entry, descent, and landing lead, JPL
  • Kaitlin Liles, deputy chief engineer, Mars Entry, Descent, and Landing Instrumentation 2 (MEDLI2) sensor suite, NASA’s Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia
  • Ken Farley, Perseverance project scientist, Caltech, Pasadena, California

3 p.m. – News conference: Searching for Ancient Life at Mars and in Samples Returned to Earth, featuring:

  • Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science, NASA Headquarters
  • Bobby Braun, Mars Sample Return program manager, JPL
  • David Parker, director of human and robotic exploration, ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Netherlands
  • Mary Voytek, director of NASA’s astrobiology program, NASA Headquarters
  • Ken Williford, Perseverance deputy project scientist, JPL
  • Libby Hausrath, participating scientist for returned sample science, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Thursday, Feb. 18

2:15 p.m. – Live landing commentary on the NASA TV Public Channel and the agency’s website, as well as the NASA AppYouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedInTwitchDaily Motion, and THETA.TV.

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:
http://www.youtube.com/nasajpl/live

A complete list of ways to watch online can be found at:
https://go.nasa.gov/3ojDWkj

Additional Resources

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.

Find Mars 2020 Perseverance animations and videos and the b-roll media reel, as well as a visualization of each step of entry, descent, and landing.

Press kits for the Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter feature deeper dives into the mission, science, and technology.

For more about Perseverance:
https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020 and https://nasa.gov/perseverance

For more about Ingenuity:
https://mars.nasa.gov/technology/helicopter


Wednesday, Feb. 17: Progress 77 cargo ship arrives at the International Space Station

The uncrewed Russian cargo ship Progress 77 cargo ship will arrive at the International Space Station on Wednesday (Feb. 17) and you can watch it live. 

Progress 77 will dock itself at the station to end a two-day trip to deliver about nitrogen, water and propellant, along with other vital supplies, according to NASA. The spacecraft is expected to dock itself at the station’s Russian-built Pirs docking compartment on Wednesday at 1:20 a.m. EST (0620 GMT). 

Editor’s Note: Advisory was updated on Saturday, Feb. 13 to correct Baikonur launch time to 9:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15.
 

NASA will provide live coverage on NASA Television, the agency’s website, and the NASA app of the launch and docking of a Russian cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station beginning at 11:15 p.m. EST Sunday, Feb. 14.

The unpiloted Russian Progress 77 is scheduled to launch on a Soyuz rocket at 11:45 p.m. (9:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15, Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Following a two-day journey, the spacecraft will automatically link up to the station’s Pirs docking compartment at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. Live coverage of rendezvous and docking will begin at 12:30 a.m.

Progress 77 is scheduled to remain docked to the space station’s Russian segment until later this year. Instead of undocking from Pirs, this time Progress will stay connected and detach Pirs from the Earth-facing side of the station’s Russian segment, where it has spent nearly 20 years in service as both a docking port and spacewalk airlock. Progress then will fire its engines to initiate a destructive entry into Earth’s atmosphere for both the spacecraft and docking compartment.

Pirs’ departure from the space station is scheduled to take place just days after the launch of the “Nauka” Multipurpose Laboratory Module on a Proton rocket from Baikonur. The multifunctional docking port and research facility will automatically dock to the port vacated by Pirs.

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‘ISS Live!’ Tune in to the space station

Find out what the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station are up to by tuning in to the “ISS Live” broadcast. Hear conversations between the crew and mission controllers on Earth and watch them work inside the U.S. segment of the orbiting laboratory. When the crew is off duty, you can enjoy live views of Earth from Space. You can watch and listen in the window below, courtesy of NASA.

“Live video from the International Space Station includes internal views when the crew is on-duty and Earth views at other times. The video is accompanied by audio of conversations between the crew and Mission Control. This video is only available when the space station is in contact with the ground. During ‘loss of signal’ periods, viewers will see a blue screen.

“Since the station orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, it experiences a sunrise or a sunset about every 45 minutes. When the station is in darkness, external camera video may appear black, but can sometimes provide spectacular views of lightning or city lights below.” 

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