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NASA announced the name of its next Mars rover on Thursday: endurance.
It will be the fifth exploration vehicle on the Red Planet to follow the tire tracks of the similarly augmented title Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity.
The name was announced at an event at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia, to congratulate Alex Mather, the seventh grade student who selected him.
"Alex’s entry has captured the spirit of exploration," said Thomas Zurbuchen, deputy administrator of NASA’s Directorate of Science Mission.
"Like every exploration mission before, our rover will face challenges and make amazing discoveries."
Perseverance was named after school-age children of school age in nationwide competitions – from Sojourner in 1997 to the Spirit and Opportunity Rover that landed on Mars in 2004 and Curiosity, which has been researching Mars since 2012.
The last competition started last August when 4,700 volunteer judges, including teachers and space enthusiasts, cut the pool down to 155 semi-finalists before nine names were released on the NASA website.
More than 770,000 votes were cast online before the space agency announced the winner.
He will be invited to travel to Cape Canaveral, Florida with his family to see how the rover begins its journey when it launches between July 17 and August 5 of this year.
This window was chosen because Earth and Mars are in a good position at this time.
Perserverance is scheduled to land in February 2021.
The mission has two new goals: to look for signs of old life, then to try materials and to prepare a cache that can be brought back to Earth on a return trip.
It builds on the same technology platform used by Curiosity, but can land more precisely and has an on-board system to avoid dangerous terrain when descending.
It also has an improved wheel design and carries a drill for coring samples from the Martian rocks and soil while looking for signs of the old microbial life.
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