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Mars Exploration with Chris Herd

NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Left Mastcam-Z camera. Mastcam-Z is a pair of cameras located high on the rover's mast. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU.

In this episode of the Space Economy podcast we discuss Mars and the Perseverance rover, its helicopter, a future sample return mission and touches on In-Situ Resource Utilization. This is the sixth of ten episodes in our special series Doing Business in the Solar System hosted by Elizabeth Howell.

Lately we’ve been hearing about a helicopter flying on Mars, but that’s just the beginning of the ambitious Perseverance mission. The rover will be taking samples of the surface to cache for a future sample-return mission, in a quest to better understand potential life on the Red Planet.

To learn more about the mission, we’ll be speaking with Chris Herd, a geologist at the University of Alberta who specializes in studying the geology of Mars from meteorites. He is also participating in the Perseverance mission.

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Is SpaceQ's Associate Editor as well as a business and science reporter, researcher and consultant. She recently received her Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota and is communications Instructor instructor at Algonquin College.

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