ANN ARBOR – Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, joins MITech TV to update the Mars Rover Perseverance Mission. His team developed, launched and landed the rover on Mars last month, a seven month flight from Earth.

He discussed the mission’s objectives, timetable for various experiments, and even how NASA wants to return to the Moon to use it as a base before sending astronauts to Mars later this decade.

Zurbuchen also was a long time University if Michigan professor and the founder of U of M’s Center for Entrepreneurship. He left the UM in October 2016 to take the role NASA’s Science program, where he leads mission and research activities for the $7 billion a year Earth Science, Heliophysics, Astrophysics, Planetary Sciences as well Space-based biological and physical sciences.