Meet the NASA Perseverance Rover Team Working Remotely During COVID

Perseverance Team at home - Courtesy NASA-JPL

While California and most of the rest of the country is in lockdown mode, the members of NASA’s Perseverance Rover team continue their work towards the July 17, 2020 launch date.

The Perseverance Rover is a robotic scientist weighing about 2,260 pounds (1,025 kilograms). Perseverance will be roving the surface of Mars to explore and photograph the Red Planet. The rover’s astrobiology mission will search for signs of past microbial life. It will be a crucial research aid to discover the planet’s climate and geology, collect samples to return to Earth, and pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet.

It’s expected that regardless of the day Perseverance launches during its July 17-Aug. 5 window, it will land at Mars’ Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021.

Cameras on Mars 2020 Rov
Cameras on Mars 2020 Rov

As for the team in the work from home pic they are (clockwise from upper left): Lead mobility systems engineer Rich Rieber (with son Ben); deputy project scientist Katie Stack Morgan; mission system verification and validation supervisor Ruth Fragoso; mission design and navigation manager Fernando Abilleira (below mission logo); staff assistant Monica Hopper; systems engineer Heather Bottom; project chief engineer Adam Steltzner; guidance and control systems engineer Swati Mohan; entry, Descent and Landing Phase Lead Al Chen (with son Max ); project manager John McNamee; and Entry, Descent and Landing Systems Engineer Cj Giovingo.