NASA's next Mars rover will get one of these 9 names

NASA's next Mars rover will get one of these 9 names

NASA's next Mars rover will get one of these 9 names

The rover will join a growing family of NASA missions now operating on and around Mars, including the Curiosity rover, the InSight stationary lander and the Mars orbiters. By voting here, everyone can have a say in what the Mars 2020 rover will officially be called.

Members of the public can vote for their favorite name for the rover here.

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.

NASA has revealed the final nine names still in the running for the space agency's Mars 2020 rover - and none of them are "Rovy McRoverface". In the 5-8 category, the names are Perseverance (from Virginia's Alexander Mather), Vision (from Mississippi's Hadley Green) and Clarity (from California's Nora Benitez).

Ingenuity, 9-12, Vaneeza Rupani of Alabama. You can vote for your favorite online at go.nasa.gov/name2020.

Tenacity, K-4, Eamon Reilly of Pennsylvania. And you have until January 28 at midnight EST to get your votes in!

Courage, 9-12, Tori Gray of Louisiana. A diverse panel of almost 4,700 judge volunteers, composed of educators, professionals and space enthusiasts from all around the country, narrowed the pool down to 155 deserving semifinalists from every state and territory in the country. Poll results will be considered, along with other factors, and the winning name will be announced in early March. The grand prize includes an invitation to watch the Mars 2020 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida.

For those unaware, the Mars 2020 rover mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet.

The 2020 rover's work will begin in areas of Jezero Crater, where it will search for signs of ancient life, including mineral deposits and perhaps even microscopic fossils. The mission is timed for a launch in July/August this year.

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