Louisiana State University

LSU Science Café–Life Beyond Earth: A Mars Perseverance Rover Mission Update

About the Event  

Join us for a special presentation by Dr. Keith Comeaux, deputy chief engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and LSU alumnus (mechanical engineering and physics ’89), who is part of the engineering team that developed the Mars rover, Perseverance, which is currently collecting images and rock samples on the red planet. On this mission, scientists and engineers are searching for remnants of past life on Mars. Dr. Comeaux will share NASA’s latest findings from this mission.  


About the Speaker 

Keith Comeaux was the Cruise Mission Manager during the launch, cruise, and landing of the Mars Perseverance Rover. He continued supporting Perseverance after landing as one of the Tactical Mission Managers during the first months of surface operations on Mars time.  During the Rover’s development, he was the Deputy Chief Engineer and ensured the Rover and its systems were thoroughly tested before launch.  Before joining the Perseverance team, Dr. Comeaux also supported earth science and national security projects for several years.  Before that, he worked on the Curiosity Rover as member of the Entry, Descent & Landing (EDL) and the Assembly, Test & Launch Operations (ATLO) teams, led the Cruise Engineering Operations team, and served as Flight Director during Curiosity’s landing. Before arriving at JPL, Dr. Comeaux worked for Boeing’s Satellite Development Center (formerly Hughes Space & Communications) for eleven years. Dr. Comeaux graduated from LSU in mechanical engineering and physics and completed his Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford University. 


LSU Science Café is presented in partnership with WRKF.  

 Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS 


Registration & Attendance Information    

The event is open to the public and advance registration through Eventbrite is required.  

Access to the webinar will be available through the Eventbrite online event page. Your registration confirmation email will provide a button that links to the event page, followed by reminder emails prior to the event. The passcode will be available on the event page after 5:30 PM the day of the event. Please check your "clutter" or "junk" box if you do not receive your email reminders. 

The live event will be closed captioned, and a recording of the webinar will be made available on the LSU Research YouTube channel shortly after the event.  

Tuesday, October 26 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

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Students, Faculty, General Public, Staff







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