Thursday, July 9, 2020
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Official name of Mars 2020 rover is revealed


Posted on Friday, 6 March, 2020 | Comment icon 15 comments

Curiosity is set to be joined by the new rover in February 2021. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
NASA has finally decided upon a name for its upcoming Mars rover and no, it's not called Rover McRoverface.
A follow-up to the space agency's long-lived Curiosity rover which has been trundling around on the Martian surface since 2012, NASA's latest Mars rover looks very similar to its predecessor.

Inside however, it has been equipped with several new additions including a helicopter drone and new scientific instruments designed to search for evidence that Mars was habitable in the distant past.

The rover will also be tasked with collecting samples of soil and leaving them in special caches for a future rover to come and retrieve as part of an ambitious sample-return mission.

While for years the rover had simply been referred to as "Mars 2020", the space agency has now finally decided on a proper name for it - Perseverance (or 'Percy' for short).

"Yes, it's curiosity that pulls us out there, but it's perseverance that does not let us give up," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate.
"There's no exploration without perseverance."

The name was picked from over 28,000 essay submissions by K-12 students around the country. The winning entry was written by Alex Mather from Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia.

"We are a species of explorers, and we will meet many setbacks on the way to Mars," he wrote. "However, we can persevere. We - not as a nation but as humans - will not give up."

"The human race will always persevere into the future."

Perseverance will launch sometime between July 17th and August 5th of this year.

Source: Space.com | Comments (15)


Tags: Mars


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by tmcom on 10 March, 2020, 10:16
What, l am sure that there is a rational explanation for Mars disappearing and reappearing atmosphere?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 10 March, 2020, 11:00
Yes, the rational explanation is that you don't know what you are talking about. Mars atmosphere has not disappeared and reappeared. It once had a much thicker atmosphere,† most of which has been lost, but it has never been claimed that it disappeared totally.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Myles on 10 March, 2020, 12:46
Really.† †Haven't you seen.† We actually have close up pictures of another planet.† Pictures which are being studied.†† I find it incredible.††
Comment icon #9 Posted by qxcontinuum on 11 March, 2020, 3:16
I agree with this statement. I enjoy watching pictures too!†However after so many billion dollars invested in countless Mars mission you would expect some more progress to be made and published aside than what we know about Mars since 1970's. Each mission to Mars is a waste of time. Titan, Europa, other missions can be financed instead. What is with this frenzy about Mars unless there is another reason, one darker that has nothing to do with space exploration ... †
Comment icon #10 Posted by Aardvark-DK on 11 March, 2020, 8:47
Bummer it wasn't Rover McRoverFace....
Comment icon #11 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 11 March, 2020, 10:18
What a pile of rubbish. There has been a huge amount of progress made. Just because you are unable to understand that progress it doesn't make it a waste of time and money.† We now know that Mars once had a thick atmosphere, Mars once had rivers and oceans. We know that in the past Mars had a climate suitable for life. Despite your continuously false and dishonest statements none of this was known in the 1970s. Your inability to understand how science works is staggering. You can not distinguish between suspicion and proof, between supposition and evidence. Despite being corrected on this many... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by tmcom on 12 March, 2020, 2:14
Agreed to a point, we do get some nice pictures, (which shows things that some cannot and will not see) and some mention of methane, but sure is that worth over 1 billion of taxpayers money? I would say yes, since there is a trickle of reality in the thousands of images l have run through, that will turn into all out disclosure eventually. And Curiosity drives past plenty of things that it should be taking a closer look at, but l guess the taxpayer foots the bill and NASA decides. And JPL, p,....never mind!
Comment icon #13 Posted by qxcontinuum on 15 March, 2020, 5:15
Blahnik blahnik.. regardless of what you're explaining, the ambiguity of results published or their lacking thereof has been criticized by many including scientists and often this reality has been voiced†online including copied†in this forum. The progress is very slow, highly expensive and in the end findings are nothing but confirmation of what we knew about Mars. There is nothing to understand†in fact I find it vulgar that NASA is telling me now that Mars field Is stronger than what they ve observed in the past. This means what they are telling me now would be different in next years and I m... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by tmcom on 15 March, 2020, 9:43
Agreed, some want to believe that NASA never withholds vital evidence or lies, but discarding the mounting evidence that Mars is a lot more than a dead rock, here is one! http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/390634.stm So if the media asked they wouldn't get an answer, or the public was not told that they would be dumped there if something happened, and l bet their wives where not told. Nixen was mum, about it, which is no surprize, so NASA withholds information and lies if it suits them, or it is in the country's best interests. † Which explains why a kid taking a Mars closest approach i... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by toast on 15 March, 2020, 9:53
"Perseverance" is really a tongue twister for not-native English speakers like me. I will ask NASA for renaming. A good name would be Rolf, or Manfred. Something like that.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6733858
280533
185449

 
Penguins can fire their own droppings over 4ft
7-8-2020
If there's one place you don't want to stand, it's within around 4ft of the back of a Humboldt penguin.
Tiny dinosaur was the size of a coffee cup
7-8-2020
Scientists have discovered a pint-sized dinosaur that was so small you could literally hold it in your hand.
Fossil of gigantic predatory fish unearthed
7-7-2020
Palaeontologists have discovered the fossil remains of a 70 million-year-old carnivorous fish in Patagonia.
Is intelligent life doomed to self-destruct ?
7-7-2020
Scientists argue that if a civilization is advanced enough to communicate with us, it can also destroy itself.
Stories & Experiences
 
 
Grim reaper-like visitation
6-16-2020 | Canada
 
My monster catfish story
6-15-2020 | Dallas texas
 
Orb of light in room
5-9-2020 | USA/Texas/Waco
 
Not sleeping alone
5-9-2020 | Los Angeles
 
Glowing red eyes
5-9-2020 | Fields, Louisiana
 
Two creature sightings
5-1-2020 | Augusta and Louisana
 
 
My haunted home
5-1-2020 | Rainham, Essex, UK
 

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
NASA studies underwater 'white smoker' vents
Posted 4-17-2020 | 3 comments
Hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor can teach us about possible habitats on other worlds.
 
10 strange things about our solar system
Posted 3-17-2020 | 0 comments
A look at some of the most mysterious things about our solar system.
 
Lizzie - Scotland's other loch monster
Posted 3-8-2020 | 0 comments
Amelia Dimoldenberg investigates the Loch Ness Monster's neighbor.
 
Adam Savage and Spot
Posted 2-14-2020 | 4 comments
Adam Savage tests out Boston Dynamics' impressive Spot robot.
 
NASA 2020: Are you ready ?
Posted 1-1-2020 | 3 comments
A look at what's coming up in the world of spaceflight this year.
 
 View: More videos
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2020
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ