A panel of experts chose ‘Rosalind Franklin’ from over 36 000 entries submitted by citizens from all ESA Member States, following a competition launched by the UK Space Agency in July 2018.
Rosalind Elsie Franklin was a British chemist and X-ray crystallographer who contributed to unravelling the double helix structure of our DNA. She also made enduring contributions to the study of coal, carbon and graphite. ESA has a long tradition of naming its missions for great scientists, including Newton, Planck and Euclid.
Rosalind Franklin's legacy lives on today, and her adventurous spirit will live through the ExoMars rover Rosalind Franklin on the Red Planet.
Rosalind Franklin and the ExoMars Rover