NASA’s next Mars rover will get one of these 9 names – January 21, 2020

I saw this last night NASA’s next Mars rover will get one of these 9 names – and thought about making it this week’s Space Saturdays post. However, the voting ends January 28, 2020 which meant I should post it earlier. You can vote at; voting ends Midnight Eastern Time January 28th. The poll is only part of the determination process.

By Mike Wall

Vote for your favorite through midnight EST on Jan. 28!

And then there were nine.

NASA has chosen nine finalists in the student naming contest for its next Mars rover, which currently goes by the bland Mars 2020 (a reference to its launch window, which extends from July through August of this year).

The space agency picked three submissions in each of the three age categories — grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12.

Related: NASA’s Mars Rover 2020 Mission in Pictures

The monikers, and the students who proposed them, are:

  • Endurance, K-4, Oliver Jacobs of Virgina.
  • 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.

Public input is one criterion NASA will use to pick the final name, and the agency is therefore encouraging folks to vote for their favorite online at But you’ll have to act relatively fast; voting closes at midnight EST (0500 GMT) on Jan. 28.

“After the poll closes, the nine student finalists will discuss their rover names with a panel including [NASA Planetary Science Division director Lori] Glaze, NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins, NASA-JPL rover driver Nick Wiltsie and Clara Ma, who earned the honor of naming the Mars rover Curiosity as a sixth-grade student in 2009,” NASA officials wrote in a statement. (JPL is the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, which will lead the new rover’s mission.)

“The contest will conclude in early March, when the rover’s new name — and the student behind it — are announced,” NASA officials added. “The grand prize winner will also receive an invitation to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.”


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