Science

You Can Vote To Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover

You Can Vote To Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover”

"Thousands of students have shared their recommendations for a name that can quit our rover and the staff proud", stated Lori Glaze, director of NASA's planetary science division in at the agency's headquarters in Washington.

NASA has picked three submissions in each of the three age categories - grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12.

Tenacity, K-4, Eamon Reilly of Pennsylvania.

Vision, 5-8, Hadley Green of Mississippi.

Endurance, K-4, Oliver Jacobs of Virginia.

Ingenuity, 9-12, Vaneeza Rupani of Alabama.

The nine student finalists are invited to discuss the names that they proposed in a panel including Lori Glaze (NASA Planetary Science Division director), Jessica Watkins (NASA astronaut), Nick Wiltsie (NASA-JPL rover driver), and Clara Ma (the victor of the 2009 competition that named the Curiosity rover; she was sixth-grade student at the time).

NASA winnowed down the checklist to nine finalists and announced the most likely names Tuesday. Note, you've less than a week left to cast your vote as the voting closes at midnight EST (0500 GMT) on January 28.

There's information about the Mars 2020 mission here.

Nasa will be sending its next rover to Mars later this year and members of the public will help to decide what it should be called.

NASA officials said in a statement that after the poll closes, the nine student finalists will discuss their rover names with a panel including 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.

"It will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet's climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth, and pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet", the news release states.

Now, there's an online poll - which is open until next Monday - where you can vote for your favorite.

The Mars 2020 Rover is in the final stages of launch preparation. The victor will be invited to watch the rover launch in July from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Almost 4,700 eligible judge volunteers were selected from a diverse pool of educators, professionals, and space enthusiasts and were instrumental in selecting the semifinalists. The final name will be announced in March.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


23 January 2020
DOT proposes new rules for emotional support animals aboard planes
They could limit passengers to two service animals each, although it is unclear how often that happens under the current rules. Under the new proposal, Airlines would be able to block the transport of these "supportive pets".

23 January 2020
Coronavirus timeline: from Wuhan to Washington state
The virus has spread well beyond mainland China, so far to Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States . Numerous early cases of the novel coronavirus were linked to a seafood market in Wuhan that also sold game.

23 January 2020
Tesla hits $100bn market valuation in auto industry milestone
For Musk, hitting $100 billion in market value triggers an option to buy 1.69 million shares of Tesla stock for $350.02 per share. At the pre-market high of $579.51, Tesla's market capitalization was roughly $104.5 billion, exceeding Volkswagen's $100 billion.

23 January 2020
LEGO to launch set of worldwide space stations
You'll soon be able to build your very own International Space Station (ISS), and it won't take half as long as the real version. In the event the business goes ahead with the thought, the founders get 1 percent of revenue and licensing revenue.

23 January 2020
Ex-Houston QB D'Eriq King announces transfer to Miami
In his Houston career, King accounted for more than 7,000 yards across multiple positions, including almost 5,000 passing. Houston, which finished 4-8 this past season, was 1-3 when King announced his decision to stop playing in late September.

23 January 2020
Giants' Eli Manning retires after 2 Super Bowls, 16 seasons
During the 2019 season, he completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 1,042 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. During Manning's 16-year career, he won two Super Bowls and set franchises records for starts and seasons played.

23 January 2020
Hope fades for missing S. Korean, Nepali trekkers
A snowstorm killed about 40 people on the Annapurna circuit in 2014, in one of the biggest trekking tragedies in Nepal. Local official Him Bahadur Gurung said that nearly 15 feet (4.5 meters) of fresh snow had accumulated in the area.

22 January 2020
Miss Americana Trailer Previews Netflix's Taylor Swift Documentary Film
I like Taylor Swift's music, and I'm happy to admit it! "I want to do this", she says in the clip. To that end, the first look at the Netflix documentary is heavy on the drama.

22 January 2020
Aston Villa sign Samatta to help fill striker void
Samatta arrives at Villa Park from Belgian side Genk , giving the relegation-threatened Premier League club a much-needed extra option up front.

22 January 2020
Mitsubishi suspected of diesel-fraud; German prosecutors raid business premises
The partnership has been under strain since the dramatic arrest of its chairman Carlos Ghosn for alleged financial misconduct. Mitsubishi confirmed that prosecutors visited a dealership and a research and development base in Germany.