NASA To Reveal Name Of Mars 2020 Rover Thursday Written 5 March 2020


Artist's concept of the Mars 2020 rover. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech | Wikipedia)

SPACE reports that on Thursday, NASA will unveil the name of its Mars 2020 rover. The “unveiling will occur during a live event at 1:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT), which will be followed at 3:30 p.m. EST (2030 GMT) by a news conference about the name and the rover’s mission.” The robot is receiving its name “via a student naming competition.” The public was encouraged to vote on their favorite of nine finalists, but “the final decision was made by Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, agency officials wrote in an update on Tuesday.” The finalists are: Endurance; Tenacity; Promise; Perseverance; Vision; Clarity; Ingenuity; Fortitude; and Courage.
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