Students all across the United States from kindergarten to high school have submitted more than 28,000 potential names for the new NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. This is the latest debut in an attempt to further push the space race as interests in outer space exploration have picked up after SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced they plan to launch a crewed Dragon flight mission.
A panel of 4,700 judges who volunteered reduced the number of 28,000 potential names to just 155 semifinalists. As of now, there are only 9 potential names left and that’s up to you what you would like to call NASA Mars 2020 rover. You can vote via an online poll which will remain open until January 27th.
Your vote could help name and shape the future generation of rover that will roam on Mars after the launch in Summer. See list of finalists to decide what you want to call the Mars 2020 rover below.
Top 9 Potential Names for Mars 2020 Rover:
Several thousands of students have shared their creative names for Mars 2020 rover. From 28,000 to just merely 9 potential names is a huge feat as 4,700 judges partook in the judging process. Now it is ultimately up to the public to vote for their favorite potential name that will stick to Mars 2020 for generations.
Once the online poll closes on January 27th, each contestant will present their name to a panel to NASA rover driver Nick Wiltsie, NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins and Clara Ma who named the curiosity rover when she was a sixth grader back in 2009.
How The Outer Space Exploration Shaping Our Future?
While the outer space is still relatively a new frontier for the mankind. Our society have been progressing rapidly to expand beyond just Earth. At some point, our planet won’t be able to support billions of human beings. Which means we need to be able to adapt and look further out into what is beyond our current capacities.
The outer space is filled with a lot of surprises which can play into our favor. That being said, Mars is a potential candidate as our next planet to expand. For a number of factors: it is a rocky planet with relatively similar gravity strength as Earth does. Furthermore, it features similar climate but thin atmosphere that is heavily composed of CO2.
Which means plants will thrive on Mars under the right condition. For now, science researchers are recommending that we start off small step at a time. Terraforming Mars will take a long time. It is not possible with our current technology. Although, we have proven over centuries that we are able to find solution and accomplish what wasn’t possible back in the time.
Undoubtedly, if it is not possible in our time then eventually we will be able to develop technology that gives us the tools to transform Mars from a icy cold planet to warm planet filled with lifeforms. It is unlikely we will be able to see it happen during our time, but maybe your grand kids and grand-grand kids will be able to witness this jaw-dropping moment that lives to tell the tale of amazing space technology we are able to achieve.
Final Thoughts for Mars 2020 Rover
The introduction of NASA Mars 2020 Rover is definitely a leap after the public agency’s nine years of break. It will mark their first time getting back into the game to compete with private companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin. This will be interesting to see how it unfolds since more startup companies are increasingly becoming interested in the outer space exploration which features smart AI, satellite linking and advanced orbital technology.
As for the public, it is ultimately up to you how you want to call the new NASA Mars 2020 rover. Vote here on an online poll to make sure your vote count. The name that is going to be pick for the new Mars 2020 rover will last for generations. Aside from that, all these top 9 potential names is just darn too good that makes it tough for which name we want to pick.
What do you think the new name for NASA Mars 2020 rover should be called? Let us know by sharing with us in the comments section below.