The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has officially given its new rover a name and it’s called Perseverance. It will send it to Mars this summer.
Prior to giving it a name, the rover was simply codenamed as Mars 2020.
From this point forward, it will be called Perseverance.
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The name was obtained out of a school competition that drew 28,000 entries.
Perseverance will attempt to bring rocks from Mars back to Earth for study.
Scientists think this will be the best approach to establishing whether or not life has ever existed on Mars.
The rover naming competition asked children to submit their favored name along with a supporting 150-word essay.
An army of volunteers — educators, professionals and space enthusiasts — was employed to whittle down the avalanche of ideas into a more manageable shortlist of nine on which the public was then asked to vote.
NASA’s director of science, Thomas Zurbuchen, announced the winner.
The name Perseverance was suggested by Alexander Mather, a 13-year-old student from Virginia.
The competition follows in the tradition of previous Mars rover missions.
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