The name was revealed by astronaut Tim Peake and science minister Chris Skidmore at an event in Stevenage on Thursday as part of a public competition launched in July a year ago.
"Rosalind Franklin is one of science's most influential women, and her part in the discovery of the structure of DNA was truly groundbreaking", Alice Bunn, global director of the U.K. Space Agency, said in a statement.
"It's fitting that the robot bearing her name will search for the building blocks of life on Mars, as she did so on Earth through her work on DNA", said Alice Bunn, global director of the UK Space Agency. After her work on DNA, she conducted similarly groundbreaking research into the structure of plant viruses, adding to the list of accomplishments she had achieved throughout her career.
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"This name reminds us that it is in the human genes to explore", said ESA Director General Jan Woerner in a press release.
The new rover will try to answer that question by drilling two metres into the hot planet's surface to sample and analyse the soil. A panel of experts selected the name and revealed it at a ceremony at the Airbus Defence and Space facility in Stevenage, United Kingdom, where engineers now are building the rover. 'Science is in our DNA and in everything we do at ESA. The team already has an orbiter in residence at the Red Planet. The ambition is for the United Kingdom be the world's most innovative economy - and the development of the ExoMars rover for the United Kingdom is a part of this ambition. Some of her unpublished data, including an x-ray image that clearly revealed DNA's double helix, was shown without her consent to James Watson and Francis Crick, who were also working to pin down the molecular structure of DNA.
It's somewhat poetic, then, that a rover dedicated to finding life would be named after someone whose research was used to learn about the blueprint of life. Franklin herself was excluded, even though her work was key to the discovery. Franklin was unable to receive the prize as Nobel Prizes can not be awarded posthumously, but she received no mention in the acceptance speeches.
Crick, Watson, and Maurice Wilkins received the 1962 Nobel Prize for their work, but since Franklin died of cancer in 1958 at the age of 37, she could not be considered for the award.