COLORADO SPRINGS — In just five days, NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover will be touching down on the red planet!
One of its objectives is to look for signs of life. It will be the first rover to use cameras and X-ray instruments to search for any trace of fossils or ancient microbial organisms.
If you or your kids want the chance to talk to experts about new technologies that will help it do that, well now you can!
You can join the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society tonight at 8 p.m. on Facebook live, where you can ask questions and learn more about the rover and its mission.
You can find the event here.
"What are those particular things that we're doing with the science that people can then grasp and follow along that when they hear later on in the news about something that was discovered on mars, they'll understand which scientific instrument was used, and where its located on the rover and have a closer personal connection to what's there," said David Warner, NASAJPL Solar System Ambassador.
Speaking of personal connection, the Perseverance Rover will be carrying the names of more than 10.9 million people from around the world!
These are folks who participated in NASA's "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign. Their names are laser-etched onto three fingernail-sized chips aboard the rover, giving many folks a reason to celebrate its anticipated landing on Thursday!