On Thursday, March 5, 2020, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will reveal the official name for their new car-sized robot. The robot is said to be launched this July and is expected to reach Jezero Crater to Mars on February 2021.
The name unveiling will be a live event that is going to be held at 13:30hrs EST (00:00hrs IST) followed by a news conference about the name and the mission that is going to be held at 15:30hrs EST (02:00hrs IST).
Both the live events can be streamed live on Space.com or directly via space agency.
Like the previous naming of rovers, the competition for naming the new rover was kicked off by NASA last year and it generated over 28,000 submissions from students representing every U. S States and Territories officials from NASA reported.
From the submissions received, there were 155 semi-finalists and in January there were 9 finalists from three-age categories. The categories were grade K-4, 5-8 and 9-12) and the names of the finalists are
- 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.
NASA also held the competition for the public to vote the favorable name out of these finalists, but the final decision will be made by Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, officials from NASA said.
The task of a new rover involves hunting for signs at the Jezero Crater which is said to have hosted lake and river bed billions of years ago. The new rover will be a six-wheeled vehicle that is capable to collect and store samples when it returns to earth.
The mission Mars 2020 is a 2.5$billion venture which features several technological features such as a small helicopter scout, an instrument that can collect oxygen from CO2 dominated Martian atmosphere, etc.
Previously NASA had another rover named Curiosity which landed on Gale Crater in the year 2012 and is still functioning sending over images and samples to Earth.
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