Late Bills superfan 'Pancho Billa' honored as part of Mars rover landing

File image of Pancho with Kim Pegula Photo: Kim Pegula, Twitter. File image of Pancho with Kim Pegula

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Created: February 19, 2021 07:34 AM

(WHEC)—Buffalo Bills fans can be recognized across the globe, but, now, a part of one of the team's biggest fans made it out of this world.

The memory of late Bills superfan Ezra Castro, known more commonly as "Pancho Billa" was included as part of NASA's Peserverance Mars rover landing Thursday. According to our Buffalo affiliate,  Castro, and his family's names are engraved on a control chip on the rover.

Castro, known for his elaborate outfit and passionate support for the Bills, died in 2019 from pancreatic cancer. His story caught the attention of a NASA engineer, hence, the honor.

The rover will spend some time on the red planet, as NASA officials say Martian soil will be brought back to Earth in about 10 years to study whether or not life ever existed on Mars


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