A week of space science events, features, and activities in celebration of the NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance rover and its final approach to the Red Planet.
College of Engineering contributions to Mars 2020
Georgia Tech graduates from the College of Engineering are contributing to the Mars 2020 mission and the Perseverance rover's capabilities once it lands on the Red Planet.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. alumnus Philip Twu will be working on the missions operation team.
Aerospace Engineering alumni alumnus Vishnu Sridhar will be working as the instrument engineer for Perseverance's SuperCam.
2021 Exploration and Origins Colloquium
Research talks and Mars 2020 Perserverance Landing viewing
Thursday, Feb. 17-18
Our aim is to highlight work involving space exploration; biological, geological, and astronomical origins; and astrobiology of any sub-field at Georgia Tech and beyond.
Through this colloquium, we hope to:
- forge relationships between diverse individuals of various fields, experience levels, and backgrounds
- expand our internal awareness of local work an dinnovations
- encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary understanding
- provide a professional growth opportunity for early career individuals including undergraduates, graduates, and post-docs
- 10:15- Welcome and Introduction
- 10:30- Astrobiology graduate certificate ceremony
- 10:45- Talks, 10 min talk + 5 min discussion
- Bhanu Kumar (Grad student, MATH)
- Rebecca Guth-Metzler (Grad student, CHEM)
- Abigail Johnson (Grad student, OSE)
- Tony Burnetti (Postdoc, BIO)
- 11:45- Plenary talk, Prof. Lisa Yaszek (LMC)
- 12:45- Lunch
- 1:30- Talks, 15 min talk + 5 min discussion
NASA Mars Perseverance Landing Watch Party
Thursday, Feb. 18 at 2:15 p.m. EDT
Perseverance will touch down on Mars on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at approximately 12:55 p.m. PST (3:55 p.m. EST). During landing, the rover plunges through the thin Martian atmosphere, with the heat shield first, at a speed of over 12,000 mph (about 20,000 kph). A parachute and powered descent slow the rover down to about 2 mph (three-fourths of a meter per second). A large sky crane then lowers the rover on three bridle cords to land softly on six wheels.
Friday, Feb. 19 2021 at 11 a.m. EDT.
- Glenn Lightsey, Professor, Aerospace Engineering
- Frances Rivera-Hernandez, Assistant Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
- James Wray, Associate Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Co-Investigator, HiRISE & CRISM, MRO
- Angela Dapremont, PhD Candidate, Planetary Science
Ramblin' into the Final Frontier
Research from Georgia Tech and the College of Engineering are shaping the future of space exploration.
NASA University Leadership Initiative Brings Together Tech, Penn State, and Howard University
Extending the Juno Mission
Reflections on Apollo 13
Nagi Gebraeel Helps NASA Develop Autonomous Habitats
It Came From Outer Space with Brian Gunter
The Roarin' 20s in Space
Georgia Tech livestream
Georgia Tech's Facebook will host a livestream with Georgia Tech graduates on February 18th at 12 p.m. EDT.
See you, Space Cowboy...
Mars 2020 rover mockups, Curiosity photos courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech.