Well Said: Alex Longo

In this week's podcast, we talk with incoming first-year student Alex Longo about the Mars 2020 Rover and the start of his Carolina journey, which he hopes will lead him to a walk on Mars.

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When incoming first-year student Alex Longo begins taking classes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall, he’ll have something more on his mind than finding his classrooms.

With just two months until NASA announces the landing site of the Mars 2020 Rover, Longo will be anxiously waiting to see if his proposed site will be selected. The Gusev Crater site that he nominated as a 13-year-old is now among the final three locations in consideration.

Longo in astronaut costume

Alex Longo (left) at age five, dressed as an astronaut with his brother.

In this week’s episode, we talk with Longo about the Mars 2020 Rover and the start of his Carolina journey, which he hopes will lead him to a walk on Mars.

“I want to keep all my options open, because as I work with NASA I’ve learned you never really know what door is going to open to you,” said Longo, who plans to study physics and astronomy. “It may be something you thought was absolutely impossible. The future isn’t something to fear. It’s something to look forward to.”

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This episode of Well Said includes music by Scott Holmes (“Corporate Uplifting”) and The Freeharmonic Orchestra (“Mission to the Centre”)