NSN Webinars: Mars 2020 Rover: Searching for Signs of Ancient Life
Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Thursday, September 26 at 6:00pm Pacific (9:00pm Eastern) when Dr. Mitch Schulte will update us on the Mars 2020 rover mission to Mars. You can register for this webinar via the links on this resource page (NSN login required)

About Mars 2020 

The Mars 2020 rover mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. The Mars 2020 mission addresses high-priority science goals for Mars exploration, including key questions about the potential for life on Mars.

The mission takes the next step by not only seeking signs of habitable conditions on Mars in the ancient past, but also searching for signs of past microbial life itself. The Mars 2020 rover introduces a drill that can collect core samples of the most promising rocks and soils and set them aside in a "cache" on the surface of Mars. A future mission could potentially return these samples  to Earth.  That would help scientists study the samples in laboratories with special room-sized equipment that would be too large to take to Mars.

About Dr. Mitch Schulte

Dr. Mitch Schulte is a Program Scientist with the Mars Exploration Program in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.  As a Program Scientist, Mitch manages the science content of a number of NASA’s Mars missions.  Currently, he oversees the U.S. contribution to the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) instrument on the European Space Agency ExoMars rover and NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover, both scheduled for launch in July 2020.  He is also the lead scientist for the Mars Data Analysis, Instrument Concepts for Europa Exploration, and Habitable Worlds Programs for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program and Planetary Science Division.

Registration and More Information
Registration, along with additonal information about the Mars 2020 rover and our speaker,  are available on the Mars 2020 webinar page (login required). The recording will also be posted afterwards to the webinar page and NSN YouTube page.

Upcoming Webinars (all webinars are at 6pm PT/9pm ET)

September 26: Mars 2020 Rover
October 16: Beyond Pluto: New Horizons, with Orkan Umurhan
Novermber 18: Voyager Mission, with Trina Ray
December 17: The Best of Astronomy Picture of the Day in 2019, with Robert Neimeroff
Previous NSN Webinars
image of the NASA Lucy image
Credit: Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
 On July 25, 2019, Dr. Hal Levison joined Night Sky Network members to share plans for the upcoming Lucy mission to study Jupiter's Trojan asteroids. 
NSN members can find the webinar recording along with related resources for this webinar on this dedicated outreach resource page

Click here to see a list of all previous webinars

All past webinars are also available on the NSN YouTube page
Last updated: August 27, 2019
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