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The Perseverance Rover: Watch Party for Its LIVE Mars Landing

presented by William Francis Taylor, NASA Solar System Ambassador

3:00 PM Thursday, February 18, 2021


Perseverance is the latest and most sophisticated probe ever sent to Mars. After six months in space, it will reach the Red Planet on February 18th. After a harrowing descent through the Martian atmosphere, NASA engineers plan to use parachutes, retrorockets, and a long tether to bring this car-sized rover down in the midst of Jezero Crater. Every Mars landing is challenging, but this may be the most difficult landing yet, given the complex terrain of this ancient lake bed that scientists hope to explore for signs of water and past life. Join NASA Solar System Ambassador and Hamptons Observatory Senior Educator, William Francis Taylor, to watch the landing LIVE via Zoom and to learn about the rover's mission. The livestream will come from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory during critical moments as NASA's engineers watch the spacecraft descend and wait for the first messages from Perseverance on the Martian surface.

Hamptons Observatory Senior Educator, William Francis Taylor, has been a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador since 2014, lecturing about the universe around us and sharing his love of the heavens by giving guided tours of the sky through telescopes. He is a life-long East End resident.

Hamptons Observatory would like to thank East Hampton Library for its kind collaboration, and William Francis Taylor for sharing his expertise.

COST: This event is FREE.

TO REGISTER: Call the East Hampton Library: (631) 324-0222 Ext. 3 or go to:


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