The rover will abrade a rock this week

NASA will hold a virtual media briefing Friday, Sept. 10, at noon EDT to provide an update on the agency’s Perseverance Mars rover, which recently completed its first successful rock sampling.

The event will be livestreamed on NASA Television, the NASA app, the agency’s website, and multiple agency social media platforms.

The briefing will also discuss what the rover’s instruments have learned about the rock from which the sample was taken, and implications for a future sample retrieval mission. Through the Mars Sample Return campaign, NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) are planning a series of future missions to return the rover’s sample tubes to Earth for closer study.

Briefing participants include:

  • Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at the agency’s headquarters in Washington.
  • Jessica Samuels, Perseverance surface mission manager, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
  • Matt Robinson, Perseverance strategic sampling operations team chief, JPL.
  • Katie Stack Morgan, Perseverance deputy project scientist, JPL.
  • Yulia Goreva, Perseverance return sample investigation scientist, JPL.
  • Meenakshi Wadhwa, Mars sample return principal scientist, JPL and Arizona State University.

Members of the media and the public may ask questions on social media during the briefing using #AskNASA.

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