Vote to name NASA’s next Mars rover


U.S. students submitted thousands of essays for the naming contest

A cartoon drawing of NASA’s next Mars rover to be launched in July 2020. (NASA)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — NASA needs your help to choose a name for its next Mars rover!

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade from across the U.S. submitted more than 28,000 essays after NASA opened the naming contest last summer. Hundreds of educators, professionals and space enthusiasts from around the world narrowed the pool down to 155 semifinalists.

From there, NASA picked nine finalists:

  • 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 is now asking people around the world to weigh in. Online voting is open now through Jan. 27. NASA said the poll results will be considered when officials choose the final name.

The rover’s official name will be announced in March! The winning student will be invited to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020 in Florida.

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