NASA has picked nine finalists in the student naming challenge for its next Mars rover, which as of now passes by the bland Mars 2020.
The space office picked three entries in every one of the three age classes — grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12.
The monikers, and the students who proposed them, are:
- Endurance, K-4, Oliver Jacobs of Virginia.
- Tenacity, K-4, Eamon Reilly of Pennsylvania.
- Promise, K-4, Amira Shanshiry of Massachusetts.
- Perseverance, 5-8, Alexander Mather of Virginia.
- Vision, 5-8, Hadley Green of Mississippi.
- Clarity, 5-8, Nora Benitez of California.
- Ingenuity, 9-12, Vaneeza Rupani of Alabama.
- Fortitude, 9-12, Anthony Yoon of Oklahoma.
- Courage, 9-12, Tori Gray of Louisiana.
The public input is one foundation NASA will use to pick the last name, and the organization is along these lines urging people to decide in favor of their preferred online at go.nasa.gov/name2020. However, you’ll need to act quickly; voting closes at 12 PM EST (0500 GMT) on Jan. 28.
The car-size Mars 2020 is booked to contact down inside the 28-mile-wide (45 kilometers) Jezero Crater in February 2021. The rover will do a lot of work on the Red Planet, including look for indications of antiquated life, try out tech that could help the human exploration and collect and store tests for a future return to Earth.
The student naming challenge is a long-standing convention. Children have named the entirety of NASA’s Mars rovers — Sojourner, which propelled in 1996; Spirit and Opportunity, which lifted off in 2003; and Curiosity, which arrived on Mars in 2012 and is still there.
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