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NASA shortlists 155 names for its Mars 2020 rover

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The Mars 2020 rover goes thru making an strive out.

Washington D.C. [USA], Jan 14 (ANI): In a unique and exciting contest, NASA has shortlisted students from all across the USA to name its latest Mars Rover that would be shot into space in July this year. It can end up being as simple as "Wonder" or as unusual as "Propulsion Major Crater".

NASA definitely keeps an open mind when it comes to naming its Mars 2020 rover.

NASA announced on Monday the list of semifinalists for its rover-naming contest, which changed into once launch to USA teens from kindergarten thru 12th grade.

It took almost 4,700 volunteer judges to scour through over 28,000 essay submissions from students all over the country, and now the name suggestions have been narrowed down to 155 including "Humanity", "Tenacity", "Excelsior", and "Starlight". There are some repeats amongst the proposed names, with Tenacity, Choice, Ingenuity, Inspiration, Chance, Point of view and Perseverance exhibiting up greater than once.

Just like on RuPaul's Drag Race, NASA will consult results of the poll, but the final decision is the space agency's to make.

You can explore the entries, read the essays and start rooting your favorite. Will or now not or now not it is Dusty (this skill that of Mars is dusty) or most certainly Ambition Tardigrada, a tribute to the miraculous powers of water bears? There are only 155 semi-finalists remaining and the next judging phase will reduce the competition to nine finalists.

The grand prize victor will be announced by early March 2020. "The picked name will help characterize this present meanderer's one of a kind character among our armada of Martian shuttle". It will follow the wheel tracks of previous NASA rovers, Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity and the Curiosity still in operation. "This competition is a cool way to win the next generation and promote careers in all MINT areas".

"This rover is the first leg of a round-trip mission to Mars that will advance understanding in key science fields like astrobiology", said Glaze.

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