One Cool Thing: The New Mars Rover Is Aptly Named Perseverance

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NASA asked school children nominate names for the new Mars rover and the agency announced the winner, Perseverance, late last week from among 28,000 nominations.  Alex Mather, a seventh-grader from Springfield, Va., submitted the winning entry and said he was inspired by a NASA Space Camp visit where he saw a giant model of a Saturn 5 rocket there. “Eleven-year-old me saw that and lost his mind,” he said. “I immediately knew that space is something I was doing for the rest of my life.”  The other 8 finalists were:  Clarity, Courage, Endurance, Fortitude, Ingenuity, Promise, Tenacity and Vision. Perseverance is scheduled to land on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. The U.S. is the only nation to land a rover on Mars.  The judges seem to have tapped into the zeitgeist of the moment — if there is anything we need right now it is a bit of perseverance in the face of adversity. Way to go, Alex!

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