Space expert Rod Pyle on the Mars rover Perseverance and what NASA hopes to learn from the planet surface

John Landecker

PASADENA, CA – FEBRUARY 19: In this handout image provided by NASA, a high-resolution still image captured from cameras aboard the descent stage as NASAs Perseverance rover touched down on Mars Feb. 18, 2021, is shown during a NASA Perseverance rover initial surface checkout briefing, Friday, February 19, 2021, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

The landing of the Mars rover Perseverance has sparked even greater interest in the red planet and what secrets the surface may hold. Author and editor-in-chief of Ad Astra magazine Rod Pyle talks with John Landecker about what NASA can learn from this latest expedition.

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