What will NASA’s Mars 2020 rover be called? You can find 155 names on the shortlist. – Space.com


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  • Artist's illustration on NASA's 2020 Mars rover on the Red Planet.

    Artist’s illustration on NASA’s 2020 Mars rover on the Crimson Planet.

    (Graphic: © NASA)

    And then there ended up 155.

    The competition totitle NASA’s subsequent Mars roverhas entered the house stretch, with the area agency culling the area from 28,000 college student entries to one hundred fifty five semifinalists.

    Mars 2020, is scheduled to start this July and contact down inside the Crimson Planet’s Jezero Crater in February 2021. Mars 2020 will lookup for signals of historical lifetime, characterize the geology of its environment, obtain and cache samples foreventual return to Earthand test out tech that will help human exploration of the Red World, amongst other responsibilities.

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    And it will do this operate with a substantially catchier name.

    “This rover is the initial leg of a spherical-journey mission to Mars that will advance knowing in vital science fields like astrobiology,” Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division,explained in a statementMonday (Jan. thirteen). “This contest is a cool way to have interaction the next technology and encourage careers in all STEM [science, technological innovation, engineering and math] fields. The picked out name will aid define this rover’s distinctive temperament among the our fleet of Martian spacecraft.”

    NASA selected four,seven-hundred volunteer judges to kind by means of the deluge of submissions from K-12 learners all-around the country. The newly introduced semifinalists proposed a huge wide range of names, from the grand (Excelsior) to the playful (Dusty). 

    NASA’s 3 former Mars rovers — Spirit, Possibility and Curiosity — were also named by learners. Several of the Mars 2020 semifinalists went down a comparable route as those winners, proposing monikers this kind of as Ingenuity, Creativeness, Inspiration and Braveness.

    You can locate all a hundred and fifty five semifinalists on theMars 2020 naming-contest internet site listed here.

    The following cull will whittle the discipline down to 9 finalists, who will get a great intellectual reward for producing it that far. The nine students “will discuss with a panel of gurus, together with Glaze, NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins, NASA JPL [Jet Propulsion Laboratory] rover driver Nick Wiltsie and Clara Ma, who proposed the title for the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, as a sixth-grade university student in 2009,” NASA officers wrote in the statement.

    The community will be able to vote for their favored of the 9 finalist names commencing in late January, NASA officers added. This general public vote will be 1 component regarded in the assortment of the final title, which will be declared in early March.

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