Geology Professor will sample Mars' rocks
Perseverance, the rover for the Mars 2020 mission, lands on the red planet on February
18. It will be the first rover to sample and cache sediments and rocks for
future return to Earth, where they will be studied for signs of life. Kathy Benison,
professor in Geology & Geography, is a return sample selection participating
scientist. Along with other science team members, she will use rover observations
to study the geology of the Jezero Crater landing site and the Nili Planum region
adjacent to the crater, as well as advising on sample selection.