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Motion ref. S6M-00332

Curiosity Rover Discovers Maybole-on-Mars

Submitted by: Sharon Dowey, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Thursday, June 10, 2021

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Russell Findlay, Kenneth Gibson, Pam Gosal, Jamie Greene, Craig Hoy, Stephen Kerr, Bill Kidd, Fulton MacGregor, Stuart McMillan, Emma Roddick, Douglas Ross, Alexander Stewart, Annie Wells, Elena Whitham, Brian Whittle

That the Parliament notes that a location on Mars has been named after Maybole; understands that a strip of rock benches on earth's neighbouring planet has been named after the Ayrshire town, and ancient capital of Carrick; recognises that Maybole was stumbled upon by the Curiosity Rover vehicle on its 2,946th sol, with one sol a day on Mars, in November 2020, as part of a mission searching the planet for landmarks, and naming places after locations on Earth, including many Scottish towns; appreciates that the Curiosity Rover has been traversing the planet since 2011, and has also identified a clay-barring region that shares its name with Glen Torridon of the Highlands, as well as a Martian Glen Etive, and looks forward to further exciting exploration on Mars from the Curiosity Rover.