Missions that visit and sample other worlds give us a different perspective and expand our understanding in new ways. Mars, Venus, Titan, Bennu: Our understanding of these distant worlds are enhanced by incredible robotic missions that reached out and touched them. The 2021 Exploring Space Lecture Series will some of those missions.
Mars 2020 had a very unique biological contamination plan to both protect Mars as well as the scientific integrity of the collected sample. Join this discussion for a mission overview and an exploration of Planetary Protection activities.
Last year, NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission accomplished something not done in nearly 50 years by a U.S. space mission — sampling the surface of another planetary body for return to Earth. In this talk, you'll hear about the 15 year odyssey of proposing, building, and launching OSIRIS-REx, leading up to a year-long orbital mission and the moment OSIRIS-REx sampled the surface of asteroid Bennu.
Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is an ocean world with a dense atmosphere, abundant complex organic material on its icy surface, and a liquid-water ocean in its interior. Hear about NASA's upcoming Dragonfly New Frontiers mission is a rotorcraft lander designed to perform long-range in situ investigation of the chemistry and habitability of this fascinating extraterrestrial environment.
Venus remains Earth’s enigmatic “sister,” potentially hiding secrets about the limits of habitability, loss of oceans, and extreme climate change. Discover how the foreboding Venus of today is poised to share its secrets in the upcoming decades as a new window on our solar system and beyond.