Final Countdown for NASA’s Contest to Name 2020 Mars Rover – Find Out What the Names Are, Plus: Where to Vote Here

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 - 10:10AM
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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 - 10:10AM
Final Countdown for NASA’s Contest to Name 2020 Mars Rover – Find Out What the Names Are, Plus: Where to Vote Here
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Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
There are nine names left in the contest to name NASA's 2020 Mars Rover and, according to CNN, you have just five days to vote for your top choice. In August 2019, NASA asked students in grades K-12 to submit their ideas for the rover's name coupled with a short essay explaining their choice. Over 28,000 answers were narrowed down to 155 semifinalists, and the nine remaining names are listed below:


  • Endurance
  • Tenacity
  • Promise
  • Perseverance
  • Vision
  • Clarity
  • Ingenuity
  • Fortitude
  • Courage


The final choice will be announced on March 15, and the student who submitted it will be invited to watch the launch at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.


The 2020 Mars rover is scheduled to launch when conditions are favorable between late July and early August of this year, but it won't reach the red planet until February 2021. The mission is slated to last one Martian year, which is approximately 687 Earth days. It is based on the trusty Opportunity rover's design, with a few upgrades like eight times the memory capacity and several more cameras to document the mission in as much detail as possible.


The Mars rover "Opportunity" landed on the red planet in 2004. It was responsible for most of our major discoveries about Mars, like confirming that one area was likely covered in water and could support basic forms of life like microorganisms. The mission was originally supposed to last 90 days, but the little rover kept going for years until a huge Martian dust storm blotted out the Sun in 2018 and prevented Opportunity's solar panels from being able to absorb enough light to sustain a charge. NASA received its last transmission from the rover on June 10, 2018.


Voting ends on January 27, 2020 – cast your ballot here: NASA Name The Rover Contest.

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