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Journey Discussions: Perseverance

February 18, 2021  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Virtual presentations are back with Journey Discussions! 

Countdown to Mars! NASA’s Perseverance rover will land on the red planet on Feb. 18 midday and begin seeking signs of ancient life. That night, we’ll look at live footage of the landing and discuss what this means.

This Zoom presentation features a live Q&A with Tom Durkin. This is a free program, but there is limited registration space.


Since 1999, Tom Durkin has worked as the deputy director of the NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium, headquartered at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

He manages educational and research activities associated with the Space Grant Consortium, which is one of 52 university-based Consortia across the nation that fund projects in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math supported by NASA's unique mission. He guides university students funded by the Space Grant and speaks to the public and school groups about NASA missions and astronomy.

Tom received a bachelor's in earth science from Adelphi University in New York, and a master's in geology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He is a Certified Professional Geologist.


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Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.

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Chaperones are requested. Special pricing will be extended to adult chaperones.

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.