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A day in the life of the Perseverance rover on Mars

After Perseverance lands in Jezero Crater … what happens next? Hear about where it will go, what it will look for, and how the team will "drive" it all the way from Earth.
August 28, 2020
Mars Technica logo. Mars Technica is a new, limited-series podcast where experts talk about the science behind the Mars Perseverance mission.

Mars Technica is a limited-series podcast where experts talk about the science behind the Mars Perseverance mission.

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This is the fifth episode of Mars Technica, a new seven-series podcast produced by Los Alamos National Laboratory, which delves into the Lab’s role on the Mars Perseverance mission.

 

In the first episodes of the limited-series podcast, "Mars Technica," our scientists have talked about some of the instruments on the rover that will help in its mission to search for signs of past life on Mars — and what those signs might be.

But how will the rover do that, exactly? And will the team use a joystick to steer it? How do you drive a robot from millions of miles away?

This fifth episode, "A day in the life of a Mars rover," dives into those questions — and more! — with scientists Roger Wiens, Nina Lanza and Patrick Gasda.

Inside the episode

SuperCam will zap rocks and examine soils. But there are other instruments on the rover that are helping the search — and there are other places on Mars that scientists speculate those signatures could be. There's even a plan for bringing samples from the surface of Mars to Earth for the first time ever. And there's a special caution as to why we shouldn't jump to conclusions about signs of life — not yet.

Listen and subscribe

You can subscribe to "Mars Technica" via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify, with other platforms soon to come. Stream the first episodes now via the Mars Technica website