Here Are the Final 9 Names for NASA's Mars 2020 Rover

Jennifer Leman
Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

From Popular Mechanics

  • NASA has selected nine finalists for its Mars 2020 rover naming competition.
  • The names were selected from over 28,000 "Name the Rover" essays submitted by students from around the world by August 28, 2019.
  • Rover enthusiasts can cast their ballot for the final name here.

NASA has released a list of nine finalists for their Mars 2020 rover naming contest. Over 28,000 names were submitted by elementary, middle school, and high school students from around the world. A panel of 4,700 judges narrowed the list down to 155.

Here they are:

  • Endurance
  • Tenacity
  • Promise
  • Perseverance
  • Vision <---- THIS ONE.
  • Clarity
  • Ingenuity
  • Fortitude
  • Courage

See a name you like, now you can weigh in. NASA's poll opens today and will end at 9 p.m. PST on Jan. 27. The contest is already heated:

Whatever name is the winner (ahem Vision), it'll join other famous Martian monikers like Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity, Insight, and Sojourner.

We're just happy it's not Rovey McRoverface.

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