“Prospector,” a stellar name for a solar system explorer. The Mars rover will explore Mars for any sign of life and will help find ways to supports human life on Mars. “Prospect” means the future and hope. People worldwide have put their hopes in this rover – to find life, water and a way to make oxygen so we can further explore the planet. The rover and the gold rush prospectors had similar hopes and purposes – to find a cache of treasure. A cache of gold for one, a cache of rocks to be studied for another, both holding the hope of finding riches and unlocking mysteries and adventures. As the prospectors marched across mountains and frozen tundra, our Mars rover will face a difficult journey with many unknowns. Yet, prospectors have hearty souls and our rover “Prospector” will help us find riches even more prized than gold.
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