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Perseverance is NASA's new rover to go to Mars

From Curiosity to Perseverance. The next NASA rover to go to Mars has taken on its new name that continues the tradition of using virtues as names. From curiosity we move on to perseverance. This particular virtue was suggested by Alexander Mather, a 13-year-old high school student from Virginia (USA). He and 28,000 other children submitted names in a contest in 2019. Of all of them, there were 155 semi-finalist names. Subsequently, the final nine candidates were: endurance, tenacity, promise, vision, clarity, resourcefulness, fortitude, courage and, of course, the winner, perseverance. It is possible that the names not chosen could be used in the future and captivate and inspire audiences for the next generations.

Why is perseverance more than adequate? Because the history of Mars rovers has been marked by this quality, far exceeding the duration of their official missions.

“There has never been exploration, there has never been history, without perseverance,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, announcing the name during the press conference.

The final name “Perseverance” was decided by a panel of experts that included astronauts, rover engineers, and Clara Ma (winner of the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory naming contest and for whom the rover was named Curiosity). So after Spirit and Opportunity at the time, and Curiosity and Insight exploring the dusty surface of Mars, now it will be Perseverance that is launched to our neighboring red planet between July and August 2020 and that in less than a year will join their ranks. .

“This was a good opportunity to help the agency that put humans on the Moon and will do it again soon,” said young Mather. “This rover from Mars will help pave the way for a human presence there and I wanted to try and help in any way I could. Refusing the challenge was not an option .”

 

The Perseverance name has guaranteed Mather a visit to Cape Canaveral on the day of the rover’s launch and, of course, bonding forever with this long-awaited mission.

“Like all previous exploration missions, our rover will face challenges and make amazing discoveries . It has already overcome many obstacles to get us to where we are today,” said Zurbuchen. “Alex and his classmates are the Artemis Generation, and they are going to take the next steps into space that lead to Mars. That inspiring work will always require perseverance.”

Perseverance will be equipped with a chip with the names of the 8 semi-finalists and, although we will have great coverage of the mission as the time of launch approaches, in the meantime, we can enjoy the new Twitter account of the Perseverance rover itself.

The rover is expected to land on Mars on February 18, 2021 at Jezero crater . The rover’s work will not only focus on Mars’ past but also its future.

Reference: NASA

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