NASA will discuss the status of its Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity in a media briefing at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST) Wednesday, Feb. 13, from the agencys Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. The briefing will air live on NASA Television, the agency’s website and YouTube.
The briefing will follow NASAs last planned attempts to communicate with Opportunity late Tuesday evening. The solar-powered rover last communicated with Earth June 10, 2018, as a planet-wide dust storm was blanketing the Red Planet.
Briefing participants will include:
- NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
- Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASAs Science Mission Directorate
- Lori Glaze, acting director of NASAs Planetary Science Division
- Michael Watkins, JPL director
- Steve Squyres, MER principal investigator at Cornell University
- John Callas, MER project manager
- Matt Golombek, MER project scientist
- Abigail Fraeman, MER deputy project scientist
- Jennifer Trosper, Mars 2020 project systems engineer