Mission team members are participating in a virtual teleconference to discuss milestones achieved so far since the Feb. 18 landing and those to come.

Since NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover touched down at Jezero Crater Feb. 18, mission controllers have made substantial progress as they prepare the rover for the unpaved road ahead. Mission team members from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California will discuss mission “firsts” achieved so far and those to come in a media teleconference at 3:30 p.m. EST (12:30 p.m. PST) Friday, March 5.

The teleconference audio and accompanying visuals will stream live on the NASA JPL YouTube channel.

Discussing the rover’s progress will be:

  • Robert Hogg, Perseverance deputy mission manager, JPL
  • Anais Zarifian, Perseverance mobility test bed engineer, JPL
  • Katie Stack Morgan, Perseverance deputy project scientist, JPL

Members of the media and public may ask questions on social media during the teleconference using #CountdownToMars.

Robert Hogg


Perseverance Is Roving on Mars
Perseverance Is Roving on Mars: This image was taken during the first drive of NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars on March 4, 2021. Perseverance landed on Feb. 18, 2021, and the team has been spending the weeks since landing checking out the rover to prepare for surface operations. This image was taken by the rover’s Navigation Cameras. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Full image and caption ›



Flexing Perseverance’s Robotic Arm
Flexing Perseverance’s Robotic Arm: This set of images shows parts of the robotic arm on NASA’s Perseverance rover flexing and turning during its first checkout after landing on Mars. These images were taken by Perseverance’s Navigation Cameras on March 3, 2021. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Full image and caption ›


Anais Zarifian



Perseverance Wiggles a Wheel
Perseverance Wiggles a Wheel: NASA’s Perseverance rover wiggles one of its wheels in this set of images obtained by the rover’s left Navigation Camera on March 4, 2021. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Full image and caption ›



Perseverance Hazcam First Drive
​Perseverance Hazcam First Drive: This image was captured while NASA’s Perseverance rover drove on Mars for the first time on March 4, 2021. One of Perseverance’s Hazard Avoidance Cameras (Hazcams) captured this image as the rover completed a short traverse and turn from its landing site in Jezero Crater. Full image and caption ›

Katie Stack Morgan


Welcome to Octavia E. Butler Landing
Welcome to Octavia E. Butler Landing: NASA has named the landing site of the agency’s Perseverance rover after the science fiction author Octavia E. Butler, as seen in this image from the High Resolution Imaging Experiment camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona. Full image and caption ›


Portrait of Octavia E. Butler
A photograph of the author Octavia E. Butler, provided by Writers House Literary Agency. Courtesy Ching-Ming Cheung. Download image ›


A Target for Perseverance’s SuperCam
A Target for Perseverance’s SuperCam: Taken Feb. 22, 2021, this image from the Mastcam-Z instrument on NASA’s Perseverance rover shows a target for analysis by the rover’s SuperCam instrument. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS Full image and caption ›


Perseverance View of the Delta in Jezero Crater
Perseverance View of the Delta in Jezero Crater: From its landing site, “Octavia E. Butler Landing,” NASA’s Perseverance rover can see a remnant of a fan-shaped deposit of sediments known as a delta (the raised area of dark brown rock in the middle ground) with its Mastcam-Z instrument. Full image and caption ›

The Road Ahead for Perseverance
The Road Ahead for Perseverance: This image shows two possible routes (blue and purple) to the fan-shaped deposit of sediments known as a delta for NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars. The yellow line marks a notional traverse exploring the Jezero delta. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona. Full image and caption ›

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