LSU alumnus engineers landing of NASA Perseverance Rover on Mars

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Image courtesy of Keith Comeaux on Twitter.

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — An LSU alumnus who engineered the 2020 Mars Rover mission will facilitate the Mars landing of NASA’s largest and most advanced rover, Perseverance, on Thursday.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Deputy Chief Engineer Keith Comeaux is tasked with landing the vehicle. It’s projected to make its landing at 2:30 p.m.

The rover, a vehicle with six wheels, is part of a $3 billion mission to explore a formerly submerged river delta on Mars.

Those interested in watching the rover land can register here for free.

Comeaux, a Baton Rouge native, received mechanical engineering and physics degrees at LSU in 1989 before pursuing master’s and doctorate degrees in aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford University.

He’s kept in touch with LSU and has worked with the LSU Alumni Association and with the university’s Communication across the Curriculum program to discuss his work at NASA and why he’s proud to be an LSU alumnus.

Click here to watch Comeaux’s interview with the LSU Alumni Association, where Comeaux talks about his personal life and reflects on his favorite activities as an LSU student–hanging out at The Chimes and at the Varsity Theatre near campus.

To learn more about Comeaux’s work with engineering the mission, click here.

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