The students in Kelsey Sewell’s Technology, Engineering, and Design recently worked together to build a Hexapod robot, which is similar to the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover that is scheduled to land on the Red Planet on February 18. As a follow up to their assignment, they had the opportunity to meet via Zoom with ND Alumnus David Mayer '03.
Mayer works for the National Geographic Survey at the Survey’s Astrogeology Center in Flagstaff, AZ. He and his NGS team have been working with NASA engineers on a Mars mapping project that will determine the optimal place for the February landing. He shared high-resolution pictures of the planet’s surface and explained in detail what the students were seeing and how particular aspects of the surface came about. He also detailed some of the challenges the two agencies faced in completing the project. Mayer is the son of Eugene Mayer '71. Mayer is seen in the second row, right.