NASA’s Mars rover, Perseverance, is scheduled to land on the Red Planet today! The rover began its journey on July 30, 2020 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. When Perseverance lands, it will seek signs of ancient life and collect samples of rock and regolith, or broken rock and soil. Additionally, the Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity, is coming along for the ride! Ingenuity will test powered flight on another world for the first time.
Are you excited about space exploration? Or are you curious about the possibility of extraterrestrial life? These 4 LabXchange resources are a great place to expand your knowledge.
- The Launch of Perseverance to Mars, Veritasium
In this video, Derek Muller joins NASA for the launch of the Perseverance rover and Ingenuity, the Mars helicopter, on July 30, 2020. Veritasium is a channel of science and engineering videos featuring experiments, expert interviews, cool demos, and discussions about everything science.
- First Flight on Another Planet, Veritasium
The Perseverance rover is the face of #Mars2020. However, Ingenuity, the Mars Helicopter, is about to make history, too. It will be the first powered flight on another planet! Join Derek Muller as he takes up a close-up look at the drone, just before Ingenuity was mounted on the rover.
Interview with Lisa Kaltenegger, HarvardX
Lisa Kaltenegger is Director of the Carl Sagan Institute and Associate Professor at Cornell University. Here, she explains the methods, limitations, and technologies involved with the search for extraterrestrial life. This video is from the HarvardX course Super-Earths and Life.
John Priscu and the Search for Life Under Ice, Quanta Magazine
It turns out you don’t need to leave Earth to shape the search for life on other planets. Quanta Magazine interviewed microbial ecologist John Priscu, who seeks life beneath the barren, frozen wastes of Antarctica.
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