I chose the name Tenacity for the new Mars Rover. I chose this name because of the last Rover. This is what inspired me to think of the name Tenacity. The last Rover (Curiosity) was supposed to last only 687 Earth days but lasted 2,589 total Earth days since landing on August 6, 2012, and is still operating today. The reason I chose Tenacity is because it means persistent determination. I’m hoping that this next Mars Rover will have tenacity, too.

Not only did Curiosity have tenacity but the engineers did as well.

They must have worked very hard on the Mars Rover and I guess it paid off really well as it lasted much longer than they thought it would - about 1,902 Earth days longer.