NASA unveils Mars 2020 finalist names

NASA unveils Mars 2020 finalist names”

There's information about the Mars 2020 mission here. All it needs now is a name.

Vision, 5-8, Hadley Green of Mississippi.

Fortitude, 9-12, Anthony Yoon of Oklahoma. It ends on January 28 at midnight. It took weeks for the judges to narrow down the field, first to 155 semifinalists, and then to the nine finalists - three for grades K-4, three for grades 5-8, and three for grades 9-12.

The space agency chose three proposals in each of the three categories of age- grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.

Tenacity, K-4, Eamon Reilly of Pennsylvania.

Artist impression of NASA's 2020 Mars rover.

Courage, 9-12, Tori Gray of Louisiana. The jobs would include hunting for emblems of ancient life, test out a skill that might support human exploration, and gather and cache samples for the anticipated return to the planet Earth.

The nine student finalists will then discuss their rover names with a expert panel and the overall victor be announced in March.

The Mars 2020 Rover is in the final stages of launch preparation. If 2020 examples these destinations, the interesting soil will be put away in metal cylinders, and the information it gathers might have the option to assist researchers with knowing whether they've discovered a biosignature on Mars. A panel of almost 4,700 judge volunteers, composed of educators, professionals and space enthusiasts from all around the country, helped select the finalists.

"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.

Though it's been years in planning and building and is scheduled to launch in July or August 2020, NASA's Mars 2020 rover is still lumbered with a working name rather than the one it will bear when it lands in Jezero Crater on the Red Planet, slated for February 18, 2021. The grand prize victor will receive an invitation to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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