Roving With Perseverance Exhibit

  • An illustration of the Mars 2020 rover, Perseverance, on the surface of Mars surrounded by sample collection tubes.
    An illustration of the Mars 2020 rover, Perseverance, on the surface of Mars surrounded by sample collection tubes.

Roving With Perseverance Exhibit

Roving with Perseverance

While NASA’s Perseverance rover is hard at work exploring Mars hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, a 1/10th scale model has found a temporary home at the Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University! As part of the Mars 2020 mission, the Perseverance rover is searching for “signs of ancient microbial life” and exploring “the past habitability of Mars” by drilling into the Martian surface to collect and store rock and soil samples for further study on Earth (https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/mission/overview/).
 
Get a close-up look at Perseverance’s six-wheeled look-alike in our desktop-sized model, take a selfie on Mars with our Perseverance and Ingenuity Selfie Station, and get a feel for the size of Perseverance with a full-scale model of one of its wheels.

Desktop model of the Mars Perseverance Rover
Roving With Perseverance is a set of materials to tell the story of the Perseverance rover and its mission to discover signs of ancient life on Mars. It is on loan from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The exhibit includes the Perseverance rover table-top model, a wheel replica, and the “Mars 2020 Mission Kit” with rock and mineral samples, a sample tube replica, and swatches of spacecraft materials. Also included are a 12” Mars globe showing the landing sites of previous Mars exploration rovers and an 8-foot by 10-foot “selfie station” featuring an image of the Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter on Mars.
 
Visiting schools can get a hands-on education program about Mars exploration using the Mars 2020 Mission Kit and Perseverance exhibit added to their field trip, at no charge. Field trips to the Edelman Planetarium are funded by a continuing grant from our founding members, Ric and Jean Edelman, and cover school admission costs to visit. 
 
The public will also experience the exhibit during any public show. Show titles and descriptions are available on our Public Shows page.
 
The Roving With Perseverance collection is on display through mid-March 2023. Come and see it before it drives away.