NASA has announced the nine student finalists who submitted a suggested name for the space agency’s next Mars rover that will be launched in July — and is letting the public vote before making the final pick.
According to Space Flight Now, volunteer judges from around the country selected 155 semifinalists from 28,000 submissions in NASA’s “Name the Rover” essay contest for children in kindergarten through 12th grade.
The final nine, in groups of three representing submissions from kindergarteners, then middle school students and finally high school children, are:
Endurance, Oliver Jacobs of Virginia; Tenacity, Eamon Reilly of Pennsylvania; Promise, Amira Shanshiry of Massachusetts; Perseverance, Alexander Mather of Virginia; Vision, Hadley Green of Mississippi; Clarity, Nora Benitez of California; Ingenuity, Vaneeza Rupani of Alabama; Fortitude, Anthony Yoon of Oklahoma; and Courage, Tori Gray of Louisiana.
“Thousands of students have shared their ideas for a name that will do our rover and the team proud,” said Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s planetary science division in at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, according to the website.
“Thousands more volunteered time to be part of the judging process. Now it is the public’s opportunity to become involved and express their excitement for their favorites of the final nine.”
The public can vote for their favorite in an online poll open until Monday. Officials aim to to announce the winning name, and student who proposed it, in early March, Space Flight Now reported.
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