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Exploring Mars with Curiosity and Perseverance

Opening Session

Sunday, 26 September 2021, 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.  |  Denver, Colorado

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In a stunning engineering feat, Perseverance, the largest and most complex Mars rover yet, landed successfully on Mars on the floor of Jezero crater on February 18, 2021. Its mission is ambitious: seek signs of ancient life and collect samples for future return to Earth. Perseverance's goals and landing site were selected largely due to the successes and key findings of the Curiosity rover, which is still roving 2,300 miles away. Together, these missions have and continue to revolutionize our view of the Red Planet, and the eventual samples just might revolutionize our view of life itself. As a geologist on both mission teams, I'll share the motivation and context for these missions, our new and evolving understanding of our neighboring planet, and how it teaches us about our own world.


Kirsten L. Siebach, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Rice University, Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences


Exploring Mars with Curiosity and Perseverance
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
United States

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