Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover launch July 30

Group Picture

The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover launch window opens for the mission tomorrow, July 30, 2020, at 7:50am ET. 

MAE alumni, Clara O'Farrell '08, Carolyn Brennan '08 , and Sarah Sherman '08, currently at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), are on the mission team.

Links to watch the launch live:

NASA YouTube

NASA Science Mars 2020 Mission Perseverance Rover


At the Class Day 2008.

On the far left is Carolyn Brennan (MAE ’08). She was responsible for delivering the actuators for the mobility system that will drive and steer the Perseverance rover, as well as the actuators that deploy and point the remote sensing mast and point the high gain antennae.

Second from right is Sarah Sherman (MAE ’08). She worked as a mechanical engineer designing the Sample Tubes that will be used to return Mars core and regolith back to Earth.

Third from left is Clara O'Farrell (MAE ’08). She worked on the team that flight tested the supersonic parachute that will be used to land on Mars, as well as on the team that develops the flight dynamics simulations for Entry, Descent, and Landing.