Press Release

Space Foundation Presents: Live Webinar on Mars Perseverance Mission with NASA Leaders, July 20

By SpaceRef Editor
July 15, 2020
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As part of its new webinar series, “Space Foundation Presents,” Space Foundation will host an exclusive conversation with NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory leadership on July 20 at 1:00 p.m. (ET) to explore our next giant leap onto the Red Planet, Mars.  


The hour-long discussion, “Roving the Red Planet: Perseverance, Ingenuity, and the Next Generation of Explorers,” will feature: 

  • The Honorable Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator;
  • Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate; Dr. Michael M. Watkins, Director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Director; and, 
  • MiMi Aung, Project Manager, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


This free and exclusive discussion will provide updates on the upcoming launch of the Mars Perseverance rover, along with the Ingenuity Mars helicopter — the first aircraft to attempt controlled flight on another planet. The webinar will also share how ambitious missions such as Perseverance and Ingenuity help inspire the next generation of explorers.


In announcing the July 20 program, Space Foundation CEO Tom Zelibor said, “The opportunity to share bold missions like the ones we are taking to Mars not only helps bring the world a better understanding of our universe, but reveals the potential we all have to pioneer the unknown and inspire new generations to take even bolder steps in the future. At the Space Foundation, we are proud to serve that mission of engagement and inspiration.”


The webinar will open with comments by Space Foundation CEO, Tom Zelibor, followed by a discussion moderated by Thomas Dorame, Vice President, Strategic Washington Operations.  


The hour-long program will also include a question and answer session with the public, and media are invited to submit questions via the hashtag, #askSF. 


Space Foundation’s webinar series, “Space Foundation Presents” is co-sponsored by Boeing.


Registration for the webinar is free, but required, and can be done at:


About Space Foundation
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the world’s premier organization dedicated to inspiring, educating, connecting, and advocating on behalf of the global space community. Through its newly established Center for Innovation and Education, Space Foundation partners with a diverse spectrum of public and private sector partners and donors to drive workforce development and economic opportunity so every generation can find their place in the space economy. Best known for its annual Space Symposium, attended by 15,000 space professionals from around the world, Space Foundation also publishes The Space Report, its quarterly authoritative guide to research and analysis of the space industry, and through its Space Certification and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, Space Foundation recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. At Space Foundation’s Discovery Center an array of dynamic on-site and online space-inspired educational programming is available for teachers, parents, students, and to the general public to prepare them for their own space futures. Visit Space Foundation at, and follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn, and YouTube.


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Space Foundation contact:   

Rich Cooper, Vice President, Strategic Communications & Outreach

SpaceRef staff editor.