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Thursday, February 18, 2021

SLU-Laboratory High School grad among NASA's engineers who worked on Mars rover 'Perseverance'

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Cordillera - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s largest and most advance Mars rovers 'Perseverance' has landed on Mars surface on Thursday. 

One of the NASA's engineers who worked on the the successful mission of the "Perseverance is a Filipino-American - Gregory Villar III. 

Villar happens to be a graduate of  Saint Louis University - Laboratory High School in Baguio City where his parents came from. 

He took up bachelor's degree in Physics at California State Polytechnic University, and a doctoral degree in Astronomical Engineering at the University of Southern California. 

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Villar has been working at NASA for 12 years and worked as the operation system engineers who is responsible for the Entry, Descent and Landing of the Perseverance on the Martial soil. 

Watch the landing of Perseverance on Mars below:

The Mars Rover 'Perseverance' was designed to explore Jezero crater on Mars as part of NASA's Mars 2020 mission. 

It was launched on 30 July 2020, at 11:50 UTC and landed on Mars on 18 February 2021 at 20:55 UTC.

The rover carries seven new scientific instruments and has a total of 19 cameras and two microphones. 

The rover is carrying the mini-helicopter Ingenuity, an experimental aircraft that will attempt the first powered flight on another planet.



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