"Mars 2020 Rover - Artist's Concept" by NASA/JPL-Caltech / Public Domain

NASA’s new Mars rover gets a name — Percy, for short

Mar 6, 2020

By Denise Chow

First came Sojourner. Then Spirit and Opportunity. Curiosity followed. And now there’s Perseverance.

NASA unveiled the name for the next Mars rover on Thursday, the culmination of the agency’s “Name the Rover” essay contests that kicked off last August.

The winning name was sent in by Alexander Mather, a seventh grade student at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia.

“Alex’s entry captured the spirit of exploration,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said in a statement. “Like every exploration mission before, our rover is going to face challenges, and it’s going to make amazing discoveries. It’s already surmounted many obstacles to get us to the point where we are today – processing for launch.”

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