NASA will launch another rover on Mars this summer, according to foreign media BGR. Now, the rover is temporarily called the Mars 2020. To give it a more impressive new name, NASA asked K-12 students to submit essays with their name suggestions.
The students submitted nearly 30000 such essays, and thousands of volunteer referees spent hours judging. The entries were slowly screened until only 155 semi-finalists were left. Now, after NASA's further consideration, only nine finalists are still running.
This is the final list, including the name, grade group and the student submitting the name:
Endurance, group K-4, Oliver Jacobs, VA
Tenacity, group K-4, Eamon Reilly, PA
Promise, K-4, Amira Shanshiry, Massachusetts
Perseverance, 5th-8th grade group, Alexander Mather, VA
Vision,5-8 Years, Hadley Green, Mississippi
Clarity, 5th-8th grade, Nora Benitez, CA
Ingenuity,9-12 grade group, Vaneiza Rupani, Alabama
Fortitude, 9th-12th grade group, Anthony Yoon, Oklahoma
Courage, 9th-12th grade group, Tori gray, La
"Thousands of students have shared their ideas and the name will make our rover team proud," NASA's Lori Glaze said in a statement. Thousands of volunteer hours are part of the review process. It's a moment for the public to participate and express the last nine shortlisted names they love.
But NASA needs public help to choose the winner! In the next few days, NASA will be on its Mars 2020 missionwebsite The public can vote for their favorite names.