Joe Parrish

To Mars and Back - Technologies for a Potential Mars

Joe Parrish

Talk: To Mars and Back - Technologies for a Potential Mars

After decades of successful missions from Earth to Mars, NASA is now considering the possibility of returning scientifically-selected samples of Mars rock, soil, and atmosphere to Earth for detailed analysis in our most capable laboratories. The Mars Sample Return mission is a systems engineering challenge. It involves all of the usual operations of a Mars rover mission, but adds new functions to package and launch the samples into Mars orbit, capture them, and return them safely to Earth. This talk will highlight some of the most critical technologies being developed for the Mars Sample Return mission.

Joe Parrish

Joe Parrish is the Deputy Manager of the Mars Program Formulation Office at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. He also manages Mars Technology Development at JPL, specifically targeting the enabling technologies for Mars Sample Return. Joe served as Robotic Systems Architect for the International Space Station Program.