In July of 2020, at the Cape Canaveral Space Center, the 2020 Mars Rover will embark on a 678-day mission to Mars where it will hunt for ancient Martian life and possibilities to once again bring life back to Mars, and I believe that the rover should be named Asclepius. Asclepius was the Greek god of healing (not to be confused with Apollo the god of medicine). One of his most notable mythic achievements was that he brought a hero by the name of Hippolytus back to life. I believe that Asclepius would be a very fitting name for the 2020 Mars Rover because it honors the tradition of naming missions and celestial objects after mythic figures while still being original and relevant to our future. In addition the Mars Rover, much like Asclepius, will be finding new ways that we can bring a dead planet back to life.
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