MYSTERY WIRE — Mars 2020 was a serviceable name, but it didn’t have a lot of personality. The rover, scheduled to be launched this summer for a mission that includes collecting samples to be analyzed in labs on Earth, will soon have a new name. Here are the nine finalists, according to a news release from NASA:
(Proposed name is followed by the grade level, name and state of the student who submitted the name.)
- Endurance, K-4, Oliver Jacobs of Virginia
- Tenacity, K-4, Eamon Reilly of Pennsylvania
- Promise, K-4, Amira Shanshiry of Massachusetts
- Perseverance, 5-8, Alexander Mather of Virginia
- Vision, 5-8, Hadley Green of Mississippi
- Clarity, 5-8, Nora Benitez of California
- Ingenuity, 9-12, Vaneeza Rupani of Alabama
- Fortitude, 9-12, Anthony Yoon of Oklahoma
- Courage, 9-12, Tori Gray of Louisiana
Which one will drive off as the winner? You can vote for your favorite through Jan. 27 at 9 p.m. EST (Sunday at midnight, PST)
In choosing the finalists, 4,700 volunteer judges evaluated 28,000 essays submitted by students kindergarten through 12th grade.
Above is a live broadcast from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Cal-Tech. Check back during daytime hours to see the progress.