The successful landing of Mars rover Perseverance on Thursday afternoon (Feb. 18) captivated the nation’s science community and space enthusiasts, and even the casual observer. Purdue University’s own Briony Horgan was a big part of it. Horgan, an associate professor of planetary science, played a key role in selecting the landing site for Perseverance. She also helped design one of the cameras that will transmit images back to Earth.
Horgan’s role in the mission has been well-documented in state and national media. Some of the post-landing coverage and pre-landing coverage over the hours and days leading up to the thrilling landing include:
- Washington Post: NASA rover Perseverance lands on Mars in mission searching for past life
- PBS News Hour: Perseverance rover lands on Mars
- Politico: NASA’s rover is on Mars. What happens next is up to Washington.
- Chicago Tribune: NASA’s Perseverance rover lands on Mars as scientists continue search for signs of life on the planet
- Yahoo: NASA’s Mars rover survives 7 minutes of terror, lands on Mars in search of ancient life
- BBC News: NASA Mars rover: Perseverance robot all set for big test
- Scientific American: How NASA aims to achieve Perseverance’s high-stakes Mars landing
- WISH-TV: NASA rover Perseverance to land on Mars after ‘7 minutes of terror’
- WTHR: Purdue scientist excited for rover landing and search for life on Mars