The National Aeronautics And Space Administration (NASA) has finally selected the nine finalists in the student naming competition for its next Mars rover, which presently goes by the smooth Mars 2020.
The authorities at the space agency chose three submissions in each of the three age divisions, grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12.
The names and the students who gave them are as follow,
- Promise, K-4, Amira Shanshiry of Massachusetts.
- Vision, 5-8, Hadley Green of Mississippi.
- Tenacity, K-4, Eamon Reilly of Pennsylvania.
- Ingenuity, 9-12, Vaneeza Rupani of Alabama.
- Perseverance, 5-8, Alexander Mather of Virginia.
- Courage, 9-12, Tori Gray of Louisiana.
- Clarity, 5-8, Nora Benitez of California.
- Endurance, K-4, Oliver Jacobs of Virginia.
- Fortitude, 9-12, Anthony Yoon of Oklahoma.
Public input is one standard NASA will use to select the last name, and the agency is, therefore, urging people to choose for their preference online at NASA’s official page. But if you are planning to participate in this voting, you have to act relatively fast. The voting closes at midnight EST (0500 GMT) on January 28.
The official at the space agency said, “After the poll closes, the nine student finalists will discuss their rover names with a panel including [NASA Planetary Science Division director Lori] Glaze, NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins, NASA-JPL rover driver Nick Wiltsie and Clara Ma, who earned the honour of naming the Mars rover Curiosity as a sixth-grade student in 2009.“.
The officials at the space agency further added, “The competition will conclude in early March when the rover’s new name — and the student behind it — are declared,” The officials further informed that the contestant who will be selected as the winner would also receive an invitation to observe the spacecraft launch in July 2020 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The rover that is supposed to be of the size of a car is scheduled to touch down inside the 28-mile-wide (45 kilometres) Jezero Crater in February 2021. The rover will do a kind of work on the Red Planet. It will also include a hunt for indications of ancient life, test out tech that could help human exploration and gather and cache specimens for a future return to Earth.