Join Scientific American for a conversation about the next steps in humanity’s reconnaissance of Mars. Featuring Casey Dreier, senior space policy adviser at the Planetary Society, and space and physics editor Lee Billings, this deep dive will begin with an overview of NASA’s upcoming Perseverance rover—slated to land on Mars in February 2021 to search for signs of past and present life and to gather samples for future return to Earth.

Dreier and Billings will also discuss the “post-Perseverance” future in which space agencies and private companies may pursue major shifts in Mars exploration strategies and how those plans could forever change our understanding of—and relationship with—the Red Planet.