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Marsverkenner named after DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin
Science In 2021 to send the European space agency (ESA) and the Russian Roscosmos together an explorer to Mars, and that was already a name. The ExoMars rover is named after Rosalind Franklin, the British scientist who 50 years ago pioneered in important discoveries about DNA.

A panel of experts chose the name ‘Rosalind Franklin’ from more than 36,000 entries. That suggestions were coming from the member states of the ESA (European space agency), and were submitted after a call from the UK Space Agency. the

Science is in our DNA
The experts chose not just the name of the British chemist, the explorer is, after all, looking to the building blocks of life on the red planet. “This name reminds us that it is in our DNA to explore and discover,” said ESA director-general, Jan Woerner. “They helped us to make life on earth easier to understand. Her namesake will do the same on Mars”, said the British minister of science.

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As the woman that the double helixstructuur of DNA discovered, after her death, still has the chance to be a symbolic footprint on Mars to leave.

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