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.READ MORE: Kendrick Castillo Could Be Featured In National Garden Of American Heroes
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.READ MORE: Artists Unveil Kendrick Castillo Mural In Denver
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— NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 18, 2021