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Official name of Mars 2020 rover is revealed

By T.K. Randall
March 6, 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.

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by tmcom 3 years ago
What, l am sure that there is a rational explanation for Mars disappearing and reappearing atmosphere?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
Bummer it wasn't Rover McRoverFace....
Comment icon #11 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
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 voicedonline including copiedin 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 understandin 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 3 years ago
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! 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 3 years ago
"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.

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