DENVER (CBS4) — When humanity first touched down on Mars, it had the spirit of a Colorado hero with it. The Perseverance rover carried the name of Kendrick Castillo, who was killed while trying to stop a shooter at STEM School Highlands Ranch in May 2019.
Castillo was a science and robotics fanatic — and this mission is a huge step toward sending humans to Mars.
His father, John Castillo, thanked NASA and called it a “wonderful day.”
“We will know that Kendrick’s name is somewhere on the Rover getting ready to discover the red planet,” John Castillo wrote on Facebook.
— NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 18, 2021