Author Discusses Mars Landing and Inner Workings of NASA
Author discusses Mars landing and inner workings of NASA in a fascinating interview that also looks at the agency’s exploration of Saturn’s moon, Europa, whose ocean, say, scientists, is habitable and similar to Earth’s.
And if you’ve ever wondered about the inner workings of NASA (who hasn’t!?), journalist and bestselling author David W. Brown talks about how NASA scientists worked for years to discover a large saltwater ocean beneath Europa’s icy surface. Europa is one of Jupiter’s four Moons.
“There is three times more water on Europa than on Earth, which makes scientists believe that complex life could very well exist there,” said Brown whose creative non-fiction book, “The Mission: A True Story,” was published in late Jan. 2021.
“Life could be anywhere, we just have to look for it,” said Brown who added that it is a long trip to Jupiter: 6 years!
And Mars? It’s much closer: around 7 months.
Mars Landing – A Decade in the Making
NASA’s “Perseverance,” touching down on Mars on Feb. 18, is part of a long-awaited mission to search for signs of ancient life on the red planet and hopefully pave the way for more human exploration.
Brown called the Perseverance a “sample return mission” during which the team will take more than a month to inspect the rover and load new software in preparation for its search for ancient life.
“We could have actual bottles of Martian soil for scientists to analyze. Everything we need to know about Mars and its history may soon be available,” Brown explained.
How to watch the Mars landing
The rover’s entry, descent, and landing on Mars will broadcast live on NASA’s website and YouTube channel, with coverage beginning on Feb. 18 at 2:15 p.m. EST.
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