NASA’s upcoming Mars rover becomes official after receiving its name, Perseverance. The chosen name for the rover was announced on Thursday and was picked by 4,700 volunteer judges.
They chose 155 semifinalists, and then only nine finalists succeeded from a total pool of 28,000 entries. The decisions weren’t easy at all, and the public had five days to pick the name. More than 770,000 votes were counted online. But, Alexander Mather, a seventh-grader from a Secondary School in Burke, was congratulated by NASA officials. Alex’s entry caught the spirit of the exploration, according to the space agency.
“Alex and his classmates are the Artemis Generation, and they’re going to be taking the next steps into space that lead to Mars,” detailed Thomas Zurbuchen from the Science Mission Directorate for the space agency.
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Mather wasn’t interested in space that much, but a 2018 visit to Space Camp, he realized how intriguing NASA’s missions are. He enjoys most checking the space agency’s blog frequently for information.
NASA set its goal, with its Mars 2020 project, to examine the Red Planet and find out if there are any fossilized fragments of alien life. Perseverance will land on February 18, 2021. Alex Mather will get a special invitation to travel with his family to see the rover start its exploration when it liftoffs from Cape Canaveral. While he got NASA’s biggest prize in this challenge, the space agency is also supporting the significant contributions of the semifinalists whose entries were among the best ones rated.
“All 155 semifinalists’ proposed rover names and essays have been stenciled onto a silicon chip with lines of text smaller than one-thousandth the width of a human hair and will be flown to Mars aboard the rover,” explained NASA.