Sojourner, in truth


  • Anonymous


On the 30th anniversary of robotic exploration of Mars, NASA has selected the name “Sojourner” for the first rover slated to explore the Red Planet. The 25-pound, six-wheeled vehicle is being readied for launch and will be deployed to roam across an ancient Martian flood plain after the Mars Pathfinder lander touches down on the planet's surface on July 4, 1997.

The name Sojourner was chosen after a year-long, worldwide competition for students up to 18 years old. Entrants were invited to select a heroine and submit an essay about her historical accomplishments.