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NASA Mars 2020 New Briefings

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Location: US,

News briefings will originate from JPL’s Von Karman Auditorium, but all media participation will be virtual. Members of the media who want to participate in any of the news conferences must contact Rexana Vizza ( no later than one hour before each briefing’s start time to ask questions over a phone line. Members of the media and public also may ask questions on social media during the events using #CountdownToMars.


All NASA TV news conferences will be available on the agency’s website and the NASA app. Briefing times listed below are Eastern and are subject to change, as are speakers:


Tuesday, Feb. 16


  • 1 p.m.  News conference: Mission Engineering and Technology Overview, featuring:
    • Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science, NASA Headquarters
    • Jennifer Trosper, Perseverance deputy project manager, JPL
    • Adam Steltzner, Perseverance chief engineer, JPL
    • Erisa Stilley, Perseverance entry, descent, and landing systems engineer, JPL
    • Trudy Kortes, director of technology demonstrations, NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), NASA Headquarters
    • Jeff Sheehy, chief engineer, STMD, NASA Headquarters
    • MiMi Aung, Ingenuity project manager, JPL


  • 3:30 p.m. – News conference: Mission Science Overview, featuring:
    • Lori Glaze, director, NASA’s Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters
    • Ken Williford, Perseverance deputy project scientist, JPL
    • Katie Stack Morgan, Perseverance deputy project scientist, JPL
    • Luther Beegle, principal investigator, Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals (SHERLOC) instrument, JPL
    • Jim Bell, principal investigator, Mastcam-Z instrument, Arizona State University, Tempe
    • Sylvestre Maurice, deputy principal investigator, SuperCam instrument, Institut de Recherche Astrophysique et Planétologie, Toulouse, France

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