Teachers, educators, and community members across the U.S. can nominate their students favorites in grades 6-8 who have shown they have the right things to overcome obstacles and achieve their academic goals for the opportunity to participate in the “You Have Perseverance” awards from the POT.
The program, NASA says, will reward students who have demonstrated that dedication with recognition from Mars, courtesy of the space agency’s Perseverance Rover.
The JPL Mars Rover team will honor these students by sending them personal messages transmitted by the Rover from the Red Planet’s Jezero crater, which it has been exploring since its landing in February 2021.
What did NASA say about the Mars Rover?
“Bringing NASA’s heaviest and most sophisticated Rover to the surface of a planet hundreds of millions of miles away is a remarkable feat in itself,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate.
But doing so despite security restrictions during the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic required extraordinary perseverance. And it also keeps him going as a student when the pandemic dramatically altered much of his daily life, “he added.
AmericanPost.News reports that US teachers and members have four opportunities to nominate students for the “You Have Perseverance” program.
The Perseverance Mars Rover is “the most complex robotic system we’ve ever sent to another planet,” said Jennifer Trosper, perseverance project manager, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.
“It has to drive autonomously five times faster than any other Mars Rover and use its science instruments to carefully select and then collect more than 30 samples for collection on a future mission,” continued Trosper.
Since when has the Rover been on Mars?
By sending instructions to Perseverance, engineers can command the Rover to send a message to Earth. NASA’s Curiosity Rover, which has been on Mars since 2012, used the method to “welcome” Perseverance when it landed.
“We also wanted to give some young students the opportunity to speak to our team and ask questions,” Trosper said.
When personalized messages are broadcast from Mars, students will have the opportunity to share the experience with family and their classrooms via live video chat with members of the Perseverance Rover team at mission control at JPL.
Trosper hopes that connecting students with their team will help them see how scientists and engineers also face challenging situations and succeed through perseverance.
The Rover of the POT brought up to seven new scientific instruments to Mars, including a demonstration of technology to generate oxygen from the Martian atmosphere, in addition to the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter.
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