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Virtual: NASA's Mars Perseverance Mission with Rachel Slank
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The Mars Perseverance Rover launched July 20, 2020 and will reach the planet Mars on February 18, 2021. What do we know about Mars already and what might we glean from the rover's findings? Rachel Slank will be our guide to the planet Mars and NASA's Mars Perseverance mission.
Rachel Slank is a Ph.D. candidate in Space and Planetary Sciences and Mars Lab Manager at the University of Arkansas. She is currently working on studying the stability of adsorbed water with salts at the surface of Mars, as well as the transfer of water vapor between the regolith and atmosphere. Her research is conducted through experiments in a Mars simulation chamber located on campus. Slank received her Master's in Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso in 2016, focusing on discovering subsurface cavities on the Moon using thermal inertia. Rachel received a BS in Geology and a BS in Earth Science at the University of Arkansas in 2013. It is Slank's lifelong goal to be an astronaut and conduct science on the Moon and Mars.
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