2020 Mars rover gets its name: Perseverance

Perseverance rover
An artist’s conception shows NASA’s next rover at work on the Martian surface. (NASA Illustration)

NASA’s next Mars rover was named Perseverance today, following up on a suggestion made by a seventh-grader in Virginia.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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