One of the most essential missions of NASA this year will be the launching of Mars 2020 rover, a well-skilled spacecraft that includes advanced technology to explore the red planet. You might have heard about the Mars 2020. However, that is not the rover’s official name.
NASA has done a student contest to find the fittest name for the rover, and at the end of it, nine titles have been chosen. From these nine names, you can helo NASA decide which one is the best.
What do you have to do to be able to pick a name? Simply, all you need to do is vote! Vote for your favorite of the nine proposed names. The results will have one standard to pick the final name for the Mars 2020 spacecraft.
The Proposed Names, So Far
Access this online address: go.nasa.gov/name2020, and have your favorite name selected! If you are interested in choosing a name for the rover, do note that you have one week left until the voting closes on January 28 at midnight EST (0500 GMT).
Here are the monikers and the students’ names proposed Mars 2020:
- Perseverance, 5-8, Alexander Mather of Virginia.
- Clarity, 5-8, Nora Benitez of California.
- Fortitude, 9-12, Anthony Yoon of Oklahoma.
- Tenacity, K-4, Eamon Reilly of Pennsylvania.
- Endurance, K-4, Oliver Jacobs of Virginia.
- Courage, 9-12, Tori Gray of Louisiana.
- Promise, K-4, Amira Shanshiry of Massachusetts.
- Vision, 5-8, Hadley Green of Mississippi.
- Ingenuity, 9-12, Vaneeza Rupani of Alabama.
NASA Invited Students To Choose The Name For The Mars 2020 Rover
“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 honor of naming the Mars rover Curiosity as a sixth-grade student in 2009,” wrote NASA officials in a statement.
“The contest will conclude in early March when the rover’s new name — and the student behind it — are announced,” they added. “The grand prize winner will also receive an invitation to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.”