If you’re so afraid of the COVID-19 disease that you want to move to Mars, that’s not the case here. There’s a different type of link between the ongoing pandemic and a trip to the Red Planet, and NASA is not hesitating to point it out.
The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover is scheduled to be roaming on the Martian surface after its launch on July 20. The rover has been equipped with an aluminum plate that’s honoring the doctors, nurses, and other medical workers who are fighting to quench the spread of the COVID-19 disease and treating the sick people.
It’s for the future generations
Matt Wallace, who is the Perseverance deputy project manager, declared:
We wanted to demonstrate our appreciation for those who have put their personal well-being on the line for the good of others,
It is our hope that when future generations travel to Mars and happen upon our rover, they will be reminded that back on Earth in the year 2020 there were such people.
The plate measures 3-by-5-inch (8 by 13 centimeters), and it features the staff-and-serpent symbol for the medical community that’s holding up Earth. The plate has been positioned to the left side of Perseverance’s chassis, between the wheels from the middle and the rear.
According to worldometers.info, the novel coronavirus has killed over 450,000 people worldwide, and it’s causing a rising amount of daily infections in countries like Brazil, India, Pakistan, Mexico, South Africa, Bangladesh, and so on. The situation continues to be pretty bad in the US, as there are no signs of a significant decrease in the number of infections. Luckily, the pandemic has slowed down tremendously in plenty of European countries like Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and so on.
What an irony would it be that the ongoing pandemic will ruin NASA’s plans to launch the Perseverance rover, but let’s hope that it won’t be the case.