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Mars rovers are among the most advanced pieces of technology we humans have ever produced. And by a longstanding tradition dating back to the Sojourner rover in 1997, the official names for NASA’s Mars rovers are chosen by school children.
The Perseverance rover, currently on route to Mars, was named by 7th grader Alex Mather. He won an essay contest. Here’s a video of Mather reading his essay, followed by a quick Q and A session with some NASA officials.
You know, after listening to Mather’s essay, I have to agree. Perseverance is the right name for our newest Mars rover. It’s even more right of a name now than it was back in March, when the name was announced.
Things are scary here on Earth. So many people are suffering. So many people are struggling. So many lives are being needlessly lost. But I do believe, as Mather says in his essay, that perseverance is our most important quality as a species. In the end, humanity will persevere.