NASA invited people around the world to submit their names to ride aboard the agency’s next rover to the Red Planet. Villa Freinet Multicultural School students from 5th grade and their teachers Rosario Muraira and Biblioactiva teacher Lorena Rivera did just that on June 2019!
The names were stenciled by electron beam onto three fingernail-sized silicon chips. The chips were then attached to an aluminum plate on NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 16, 2020. Scheduled to launch on the summer of 2020, Perseverance will land at Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021, today!
The Perseverance rover is a robotic scientist weighing just under 1,043 kilograms. It will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize Mars’ climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth, and help pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet.
Villa Freinet Multicultural School developing passion for Science!