Mars 2020 Rover Named "Perseverance" By 7th Grader
March 15, 2020
March 5, 2020 - Associate Administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, shakes hands with 13 year-old 7th grader Alex Mather, whose submission of Perseverance was chosen as the official name of the Mars 2020 rover at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia.
The final selection of the new name was made by Zurbuchen following a nationwide naming contest conducted in 2019 that drew more than 28,000 essays by K-12 students from every U.S. state and territory. Perseverance is at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida being prepared for launch in summer 2020.
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