Now you can help by voting for your favorite. NASA's next Mars rover, expected to launch to the Red Planet in July, is officially named Perseverance. She said Mars 2020 reminded her of 20/20, or perfect, vision. Here are the nine finalists, from “Endurance” to “Fortitude.” And then there were nine. NASA's "Name the Rover" essay contest is officially complete, and — drumroll, please — the rover's new name … Members of the public have an opportunity to vote for their favorite name for NASA's next Mars rover. The next rover to Mars now has its own identity. Nine finalists have been chosen in the essay contest for K-12 students across U.S. to name NASA's next Mars rover. After the poll closes, the nine student finalists will discuss their rover names with a panel including 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. Back in August of 2019, students across the country were invited to write essays on what they would name the Mars 2020 rover, and why. Mars is a long way from 221B Baker Street, but one of fiction's best-known detectives will be represented on the Red Planet after NASA's Perseverance rover touches down on Feb. 18, 2021. A fter conducting a nationwide contest where kindergarten through 12th grade students across the United States submitted essays to “Name the Rover,” NASA has selected nine candidate names as finalists to come up with a fitting name for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. Mars rovers in particular, like Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity all follow that trend, so it should come as no surprise that the finalists for the Mars 2020 rover feel very familiar. A fter conducting a nationwide contest where kindergarten through 12th grade students across the United States submitted essays to “Name the Rover,” NASA has selected nine candidate names as finalists to come up with a fitting name for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. The nine finalists will talk with a panel of experts, including Glaze, NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins, NASA JPL rover driver Nick Wiltsie and Clara Ma, who proposed the name for the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, as a sixth-grade student in 2009. And then there were 155. Kids across the country submitted 28,000 essays in a contest to name the new rover, which is temporarily called Mars 2020.

This illustration depicts NASA’s next Mars rover, which launches in July 2020. Students across the US, ranging from kindergarten to high school, submitted more than 28,000 potential names for NASA's Mars 2020 rover. Out of 28,000 submissions, only 9 finalists were chosen. NASA has revealed the nine finalist names for the space agency's Mars 2020 rover – and none of them are "Rovy McRoverface." Over 28,000 names were submitted by elementary, middle school, … This illustration depicts NASA’s next Mars rover, which launches in July 2020. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. NASA has selected nine finalists for its Mars 2020 rover naming competition. The nine candidate names were made possible by the "Name the Rover" essay contest, which invited students in kindergarten through 12 th grade from across the United States to come up with a fitting name for NASA's Mars 2020 rover and write a short essay about it. The competition to name NASA's next Mars rover has entered the home stretch, with the space agency culling the field from 28,000 student entries to … The winning name … The grand prize winner will be announced in early March 2020. The big picture: Once on Mars, the mission is designed to search out possible signs of past life on the planet and cache samples for a future mission to return back to Earth one day.