Roxbury library presenting talk on Mars 2020 Mission

ROXBURY — The Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury is hosting NASA Solar System Ambassador William Cloutier as he presents a follow-up talk on the MARS 2020 Mission: “Six More Wheels on Mars” Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the library and on Zoom.

There is no charge for this program, but registration is required. RSVP online at www.minormemoriallibrary.org to to reserve a seat or to receive the Zoom link.

Cloutier will review what happened since the successful landing of the Perseverance rover on the floor of Mars’ Jezero crater last February and will provide an update on its mission to search for signs of ancient life in a fossilized river delta. MARS 2020 is NASA’s latest planetary exploration mission and the first astrobiology mission since the Viking landers in 1976. The multifaceted mission is unique in that it combines state-of-the-art detection instrumentation with technology demonstrations and sample caching capability, a release said.

Cloutier is a NASA Solar System Ambassador, amateur astronomer and a founding member of the John J. McCarthy Observatory in New Milford. He has a life-long interest in astronomy, astrophotography with a special interest in lunar imaging, space exploration history and sharing those interests with the public, the release said.

Masks are required if to attend in person in the library. Call the library at 860-350-2181 or visit www.minormemoriallibrary.org for more information and directions.