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Public invited to Mars rover landing virtual after-party

Los Alamos National Laboratory hosts online event to celebrate historic landing
February 16, 2021
An illustration of NASA’s Perseverance on the surface of Mars. CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech

An illustration of NASA’s Perseverance on the surface of Mars. CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Feb. 16, 2021—The public is invited to a free Mars Perseverance landing after-party hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratory on Thursday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m. MST. Due to COVID restrictions, the event will take place online.

The after-party is a chance to celebrate the landing of NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars and learn more about Los Alamos National Laboratory’s role in the mission. This hour-long virtual event will feature presentations by more than a dozen Los Alamos scientists and engineers who helped develop SuperCam, the rock-vaporizing laser that will study the Martian surface for signs of past life, and SHERLOC, the instrument that will search for organics and minerals on Mars. The plutonium heat source that powers the rover will also be discussed.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register.

About Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is managed by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.