Perseverance is a great name for a Mars rover. For one thing, it fits neatly into NASA’s recent run of christening its robots after human qualities. For another, it’s a word that evokes the difficulty and ambition of the rover’s mission, when more than half of the spacecraft sent to the Red Planet before it have either blown up or crashed. It’s also not “Rover McRoverface,” which is always a possibility, when you crowdsource a name.
But perhaps most importantly, you can shorten “Perseverance” to the cute and human-sounding “Percy.”
The name of the rover, though, is admittedly about the last thing anyone at NASA is thinking about right now, after its nail-biting landing on Mars on Thursday afternoon.