We Cheered Real-Time for Percy’s Touchdown!

February 15, 2021


We cheered real-time for Percy’s touchdown!

“Fun to ‘stuff our eyes with wonder,’ as Bradbury said, with Dr. Hammergren and Ray Bradbury Experience Museum!”

Thanks to all who watched and chatted during our live Facebook Mars Rover Watch Party! Special thanks to our space guide Mark Hammergren, friend of the museum and Ph.D. astronomer, for sharing his vast expertise on chat.

Watch the landing and read the real-time comments here.

Facebook Watch Party – Landing of NASA Perseverance Rover on the Red Planet

with Mark Hammergren, Ph.D. Astronomer on chat!
Thursday, February 18, 2021
2:00 pm–3:45 pm CST

The Ray Bradbury Experience Museum invites everyone to join their Mars Rover Landing Watch Party on Facebook Live, 2:00 p.m.– 3:45 p.m. CST Thursday February 18, 2021.

Visitors can chat real time with Mark Hammergren, Ph.D. astronomer, to ask questions and share their excitement as the NASA Perseverance Rover enters the Martian atmosphere.

Nicknamed “Percy,” the life-hunting rover will set down inside the 28-mile-wide (45 kilometers) Jezero Crater. The rover launched on June 30, 2020. 


“How did I get from Waukegan, Illinois, to Red Planet, Mars?” he asked in Zen in the Art of Writing.

NASA has immortalized the visionary author in outer space by naming Bradbury Landing on Mars, Dandelion Crater on the Moon, and 9766 Bradbury asteroid in his honor.

Bradbury immortalized his hometown as “Green Town” and it stimulated his creative vision—one that spawned more than 500 books, stories, screenplays, and poems.

The Ray Bradbury Experience Museum champions his legacy and ensures that the celebrated writer will “Live Forever” in his boyhood hometown.

Could life have started on Mars? We’ll see if we can find evidence of ancient life as it was 3-1/2 to 4 billion years ago.

Watch Dr. Sarah Milkovich from NASA’s Jet Propulsion LaboratoryShe’s an interplanetary geologist embedded with engineers working on “Percy,” the Perseverance rover that will land on Mars Thursday, February 18. There’s more! Hear how Ray Bradbury inspired her speaking to her graduating class at Cal Tech.


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