The Perseverance rover just collected the first-ever samples from Mars which will be eventually sent to Earth for further study, and the Ingenuity helicopter is now an integral part of the team as it scouts ahead of the rover while they travel toward an ancient river delta. Join Dr. Larry Crumpler for a look into doing field geology on Mars and this amazing and historic mission with all of its complexities. The museum is proud to be the only one nationally, other than the Smithsonian Air & Space, to have been involved in both the Spirit/Opportunity and Perseverance missions.
Dr. Larry Crumpler is a museum Research Curator and member of the Perseverance Rover mission science team. He previously was on the development team for the Ingenuity helicopter, the Mars Exploration Rover (Spirit & Opportunity) science team, Mars Odyssey Gamma Ray Spectrometer science team, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter High-Resolution Camera (HiRISE) science team. On the Perseverance mission he is responsible for geologic context mapping of the terrain traversed by the rover.
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