As a species, we tend to do things simply to prove that they can be done. We’ve learned to explore the skies, though we have no wings; we’ve learned to explore the oceans, though we have no gills; and now that we’ve explored almost everywhere on our planet, we turn our eyes to the heavens. We want to show the universe that we can not just survive but thrive in its great cosmic wastelands. Tenacity is such a fundamental part of human nature, which is why the Mars 2020 rover should be named after one of the driving forces behind humankind. Tenacity would be a fitting name for the rover, as Mars is a very barren planet, and yet we are determined to try and colonize it. Along with Curiosity, the two rovers could represent some of the best aspects of humanity, inspiring future generations to explore for exploration’s sake.
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