NASA released an inspiring promotional video Tuesday to inspire enthusiasm for the latest robotic explorer, the Mars Perseverance rover. Octavia Spencer, who plays the pioneering NASA mathematician Dorothy Vaughan in Hidden Figures, narrated the video. The key to this video is the rover’s name, Perseverance, and how the concept applies to NASA and humans as a whole.
NASA has a knack for creating compelling videos to promote its mission. The agency has linked its long history of space exploration to its latest operation on Mars.
NASA plans to launch from Florida by July 30. NASA has repeatedly postponed the launch date. This year there is a limited window of opportunity to send the rover away in time for its february 2021 rendezvous with the Red Planet. This video should help keep the public excited until the rocket is launched.