Rep. Mike Garcia (CA-25) announced that he will host today at 10 a.m. a virtual discussion on NASA’s Mars Ingenuity Helicopter, which traveled to Mars via the Perseverance rover last week. Garcia will be joined by the Chief Engineer of the helicopter Bob Balaram. The event is open to students and teachers in California’s 25th District.

“The landing of NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance was a historic event,” said Garcia. “I am looking forward to hosting this virtual discussion on the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter. The helicopter is going to fly in an atmosphere that is like flying at about 70,000 feet in our atmosphere, an impressive feat.

“I am grateful that Bob Balaram, the Chief Engineer of Ingenuity, can take the time to join the students and teachers of California’s 25th District for this event. This will be a great opportunity for students to learn about the importance of space exploration and the process of making the Ingenuity Helicopter.”

During this discussion, Garcia and Balaram will deliver a presentation on the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter and then open it up to a Q&A discussion with students.

Interested CA-25 students and teachers must RSVP to Chelsea Orzechowski at Chelsea.Orzechowski@mail.house.gov.