At about one:thirty p.m. EST these days, NASA announced the official new moniker of the Mars 2020 rover: Perseverance. The naming contest began in 2019, granting students from kindergarten to twelfth grade a prospect to be a part of the mission. About 28,000 essays conveying the students’ strategies were submitted, but only nine were decided on as finalists.
You can view the naming ceremony underneath, courtesy of NASA Television.
Several worlds have garnered as substantially awareness as Mars. And while astronomers have mapped the planet’s surface area from afar for hundreds of yrs, it wasn’t until eventually the past half-century that we sent robotic scouts to bodily investigate and capture close-up sights of the rusty world.
In new decades, experts have found dust devils meandering alongside Mars’ barren surface area. They’ve uncovered reservoirs of water ice trapped at its poles and buried just underneath the surface area. And they’ve found proof that liquid water the moment existed on the now-arid planet, most likely forming lakes and other bodies of water nicely suited for preserving ancient existence — that is, if existence at any time existed there.
Now, it seems that every single time experts make a new discovery about Mars, the discussion rapidly shifts to: “When are we heading to go there and see for ourselves?” With the impending Mars 2020 mission, experts are at last having the to start with methods towards discovering the Pink Planet in person.
Mars 2020 at a Glance
Prepared for start in between July seventeen and Aug. 5, Mars 2020 will embark on a roughly seven-thirty day period journey to the Pink Planet, arriving Feb. eighteen, 2021. And the moment engineers affirm it is landed safe and sound and seem, Mars 2020 will set to do the job reaching its four primary goals.
There is lots of overlap in between Mars 2020’s targets and those people of prior rovers, but Mars 2020 even now has a unique agenda. Particularly, Mars 2020 will seek indications of past existence by looking for sites that were the moment habitable hunt for proof of ancient microbes at those people sites by learning rocks recognised to preserve existence collect and retail outlet rock cores for a future sample return mission and aid experts get ready for the hurdles human explorers will confront on Mars, partly by tests a method for pulling oxygen out of thin air.
But to start with, the recently named rover has to get to the Pink Planet.