NASA has unveiled the name of its Mars 2020 rover, and it’s … Perseverance.
Students from around the world submitted 28,000 names for consideration.
Then, a panel of judges narrowed the list down to 155. On January 21, NASA released the top nine contenders—Endurance, Tenacity, Promise, Perseverance, Vision, Clarity, Ingenuity, Fortitude and Courage—and asked the public to choose.
A total of 7,000 votes were cast.
This is what happens when the public decides.
Perseverance will join the names of other NASA crafts including Opportunity, Spirit, Curiosity, InSight, MAVEN, and Volatile Evolution.
The name was submitted by Alex Mather, a student at Lake Braddock secondary school in Burke, Virginia.
Perseverance will undoubtedly make a number of incredible discoveries in the years to come. What is one thing you think it will find? Leave a comment below.