Posted on February 24, 2021 at 8:57 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
The Perseverance rover’s landing on Mars was a special event for many people, from the scientists who made it possible to the space geeks streaming it from home.
And among those eagerly watching were residents of Whitmire, South Carolina, who knew their library’s branch manager had forged a special connection with Perseverance.
Local TV channel News 19 reports that Christina Watts took NASA up on the offer, extended to regular folks around the world, to submit their names to put on the rover’s microchips — except Watts put the Whitmire War Memorial Library’s name on the chips instead of her own.
Of the group that gathered to watch Perseverance’s landing, Watts told News 19: “We were excited and nervous just like they were, ya know, just please don't break up on the way down please!"
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