Persevering students receive messages from Mars, courtesy of NASA

“I read your stories and was so inspired,” Trosper told the kids, adding, “That perseverance, that courage, and that determination — that’s what it takes to be successful.”

Learn more about “You have perseverance”

The program connects students with the JPL rover team, whose members faced several challenges during the development of the rover, the journey to Mars, the landing at the white joint and the mission to the surface. – all during a global pandemic that has prompted much of the team to work remotely.

Students who have also been persistent, showing tenacity, self-motivation and the ability to overcome obstacles in pursuit of their goals, are eligible to be honored by the rover team and NASA.

Applicants must be nominated by an educator or community leader with direct knowledge of student academic improvement under adversity, and a second nominator must validate the submission. Once entries have been reviewed to ensure that students meet the criteria, selection for participation is done through a lottery.

The You’ve Got Perseverance program continues for the remainder of this school year. Three more nomination windows are planned, including a window that is open now and ends on February 28. The winners of the next group will be announced on March 24.

Learn how to nominate students on:

Learn more about the mission

A key focus of Perseverance’s mission to Mars is astrobiology, including searching for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s past geology and climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith (broken rock and dust).

Subsequent NASA missions, in cooperation with the ESA (European Space Agency), would send spacecraft to Mars to collect these sealed samples from the surface and return them to Earth for further analysis.

The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission is part of NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration approach, which includes Artemis missions to the Moon that will help prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet.

JPL, which is managed for NASA by Caltech in Pasadena, Calif., built and manages operations of the Perseverance rover.

A mission-related STEM toolkit is available:

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