Washington, United States:
NASA on Thursday introduced the identify of its subsequent Mars rover: Perseverance.
Will probably be the fifth exploratory automobile on the Pink Planet following within the tire tracks of the equally augustly titled Sojourner, Spirit, Alternative, and Curiosity.
The identify was introduced at an occasion at Lake Braddock Secondary Faculty in Burke, Virginia, to congratulate Alex Mather, the seventh grade pupil who picked it.
“Alex’s entry captured the spirit of exploration,” stated Thomas Zurbuchen, affiliate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.
“Like each exploration mission earlier than, our rover goes to face challenges, and it may make wonderful discoveries.”
Following its forebears, Perseverance was named by school-age youngsters in nationwide contests — ranging from Sojourner in 1997 to the Spirit and Alternative rovers, which landed on Mars in 2004, to Curiosity, which has been exploring Mars since 2012.
The newest contest started final August, with four,700 volunteer judges together with academics and house lovers whittling down the pool to 155 semifinalists, earlier than 9 names had been put to the general public on NASA’s web site.
Greater than 770,000 votes had been solid on-line earlier than the house company determined the winner.
He’ll obtain an invite to journey together with his household to Cape Canaveral in Florida to witness the rover start its journey, when it launches between July 17 and August 5 this yr.
This window was chosen as a result of the Earth and Mars are in good positions relative to one another at that time.
Perserverance is projected to land in February 2021.
The mission has two new aims: To hunt out indicators of historical life, after which pattern supplies and put together a cache that may be returned to Earth on a return journey.
It builds on the identical know-how platform utilized by Curiosity, however will be capable to land extra exactly and has an onboard system to keep away from hazardous terrain on descent.
It additionally has an improved wheel design, and carries a drill for coring samples from the Martian rocks and soil because it scours for indicators of historical microbial life.
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