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Preview: NASA Perseverance Mars Arrival

Recorded 10 February 2021

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A week before the scheduled landing of the Perseverance Rover on Mars, the ASCEND community hosted this exclusive briefing with members of the NASA mission’s science and technical team.

This 60-minute livestream broadcast was recorded 10 February 2021.

The briefing previews these mission highlights: 

  • The complex Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) sequence of maneuvers to position Perseverance in the Jezero Crater
  • The first flight of the Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity
  • Digging into the Martian surface for soil, rocks, and core samples to return to Earth on a future mission
  • Making oxygen from the Martian atmosphere

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Perseverance is the largest and most sophisticated rover ever sent to the Martian surface. Watch now and learn about the cutting-edge technology, science, and engineering NASA will test on Mars to pave the way for future human exploration.

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Who should watch?

Everyone with a professional, academic or even general interest in accelerating space commerce, exploration and new discovery will gain insight and inspiration from attending this exclusive ASCENDxWebinar.

How does it work?

This ASCENDxWebinar is presented in three segments that cover key aspects of the Flight, EDL and Surface Ops, including the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter. Total program time is 60 minutes.

What will you learn?

Perseverance is a complex, multi-faceted mission to deepen our understanding of Mars. This webinar will deepen your understanding of the technical, scientific and engineering details and challenges of the mission.

What does it cost?

This ASCENDxWebinar is FREE to attend.

Part I

Date: 15 July 2020
Time: 12:30 – 13:45 ET

On 15 July 2020, AIAA convened an interactive panel to discuss institutional transformations that address challenges and provide opportunities for African Americans within the aerospace workforce pipeline. Experts representing government, academia, and industry highlighted examples of initiatives and resources for K-12 and youth development, undergraduate and postgraduate education, and workplace DEI programs.

This session was developed in partnership with the Aerospace Special Interest Group of the National Society of Black Engineers and featured opening remarks from Jandria Alexander, Chair of the AIAA Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.

Part II

Date: 21 July 2020
Time: 10:30 – 12:00 ET

On 21 July 2020, AIAA hosted an interactive session focused on discussing the experiences of women in the aerospace community. Leaders from professional engineering societies addressed the opportunities and challenges faced by their members and highlighted ongoing work toward diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This session featured opening remarks from Alex Straub, Chair of the AIAA Women of Aeronautics and Astronautics Committee, and was developed in collaboration with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers.

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The ASCENDxWebinar series on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is made possible by the generous support of these underwriters. Please visit their websites for more information.

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  • See the impact of new research across the civil, commercial, and national security space sectors
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