Der Name ist bekannt! Geworden ist es: Perseverance (Ausdauer, Beharrlichkeit).
Bei dem Wettbewerb zum Namen des Marsroboters haben über 770.000 Abstimende mitgemacht. Gewonnen hat schließlich der Aufsatz des Siebtklässlers Alex Mather aus Springfield, Virginia, der 28.000 Stimmen erhielt:
Curiosity. InSight. Spirit. Opportunity. If you think about it, all of these names of past Mars rovers are qualities we possess as humans. We are always curious, and seek opportunity. We have the spirit and insight to explore the Moon, Mars, and beyond. But, if rovers are to be the qualities of us as a race, we missed the most important thing. Perseverance. We as humans evolved as creatures who could learn to adapt to any situation, no matter how harsh. We are a species of explorers, and we will meet many setbacks on the way to Mars. However, we can persevere. We, not as a nation but as humans, will not give up. The human race will always persevere into the future.Alexander Mather
Schwer pathetisch, aber das kennt man ja aus Hollywood.