Newly assembled Mars craft will be named after DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin
Feb 8, 2019
A new rover will be sent to Mars during 2020 with the mission of collecting samples to find evidence of past or present life on the planet. The rover was called by its project name ExoMars, but it has become traditional to name the mission robots as a ceremony. The UK panel went through 35,844 public suggestions, and they decided to call it 'Rosalind Franklin' after the scientist who played an essential role in the discovery of the structure of the DNA, and who sadly died at 37 from ovarian cancer, so this rover is part of the recognition she couldn't receive while she was alive. Rosalinda Franklin rover is expected to touch down on Mars' surface in March 2021.