Today, Ranking Member Frank Lucas of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology congratulated the thousands of professionals at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for successfully launching the Perseverance Mars Rover and expressed confidence in NASA’s future of crewed exploration on the Moon and Mars.
NASA’s Perseverance rover will complete a series of tasks that can be used to evaluate the demands of living on Mars – a critical milestone on the path to future crewed missions. The Perseverance mission marks a number of firsts: the first rover to prioritize finding evidence of ancient life and the first demonstration of powered flight on another planet, with the Ingenuity helicopter. Perseverance will also gather weather and environmental data and collect soil samples that can be returned for future analysis on Earth.
Watch Lucas’ full address: