At all around one:thirty p.m. EST nowadays, NASA announced the formal new moniker of the Mars 2020 rover: Perseverance. The naming contest started in 2019, granting students from kindergarten to twelfth grade a likelihood to be a portion of the mission. About 28,000 essays detailing the students’ thoughts had been submitted, but only nine had been chosen as finalists.

You can check out the naming ceremony below, courtesy of NASA Tv.

Few worlds have garnered as substantially interest as Mars. And while astronomers have mapped the planet’s surface area from afar for hundreds of years, it wasn’t until the very last fifty percent-century that we despatched robotic scouts to bodily investigate and capture shut-up views of the rusty globe.  

In latest many years, scientists have seen dust devils meandering alongside Mars’ barren surface area. They’ve uncovered reservoirs of h2o ice trapped at its poles and buried just below the surface area. And they’ve found proof that liquid h2o after existed on the now-arid planet, probable forming lakes and other bodies of h2o properly suited for preserving historic daily life — that is, if daily life ever existed there.

Now, it appears that every single time scientists make a new discovery about Mars, the dialogue rapidly shifts to: “When are we going to go there and see for ourselves?” With the impending Mars 2020 mission, scientists are finally having the initially methods toward exploring the Purple World in person.

Mars 2020 at a Glance

Planned for start amongst July 17 and Aug. 5, Mars 2020 will embark on a around 7-month journey to the Purple World, arriving Feb. eighteen, 2021. And after engineers confirm it’s landed harmless and sound, Mars 2020 will set to get the job done attaining its four principal objectives.

There is a good deal of overlap amongst Mars 2020’s objectives and those people of earlier rovers, but Mars 2020 still has a special agenda. Specifically, Mars 2020 will find signals of earlier daily life by browsing for websites that had been after habitable hunt for proof of historic microbes at those people websites by studying rocks known to maintain daily life obtain and retail outlet rock cores for a long run sample return mission and assist scientists get ready for the hurdles human explorers will confront on Mars, partly by screening a system for pulling oxygen out of skinny air.

But initially, the freshly named rover has to get to the Purple World.