Author and award-winning space journalist Leonard David and SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jeff Foust talk with the director of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program and the project scientist for the soon-to-launch Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission about the status of the mission, next steps in robotic exploration, and how it leads to sending humans to Mars.


Jim Watzin
Director – Mars Exploration Program
NASA Headquarters

Jim Slide Presentation

Ken Farley
Project Scientist, Mars 2020 Perseverance rover
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Ken Slide Presentation

Richard (Rick) Davis, Jr.
Assistant Director for Science and Exploration
NASA Headquarters

Rick Slide Presentation