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Celebrate the Mars Perseverance landing with us on Feb. 18

Meet the scientists behind the rock-vaporizing laser
February 1, 2021
NASA’s Perseverance rover


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NASA’s Perseverance rover will touch down on the surface of Mars the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 18. Celebrate the landing and learn more about Los Alamos National Laboratory’s role in the mission at a virtual after-party scheduled for that evening at 6 p.m.!

Hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum, 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 rover’s plutonium power source will also be discussed.


Open this Mars rover landing kit — see how you can be a part of the historic event.

Brush up on Mars knowledge, tackle trivia questions

Here are just some of the fun things you’ll learn on Feb. 18:

  • What we know about Mars so far, including discoveries enabled by ChemCam, the LANL instrument currently on Mars aboard the Curiosity rover
  • What we hope to learn from the Perseverance mission
  • The work that will be done on the ground right here in Los Alamos during the mission

Also, test your Mars knowledge with trivia questions and ask the scientists questions in a live Q&A.

The event is free and open to the public, so be sure to join with your friends and family.