Canadians Are Allowed To Vote On NASA's Next Mars Rover
By voting, you can be part of NASA's next Mars mission.
If you've ever wanted to play even the tiniest of roles with something to do with space travel and exploration, now is your chance. You can be part of a mission to outer space with just one single click. The new Mars rover name could be one that you helped NASA choose.
In a worldwide poll, NASA is letting people, including Canadians, vote on what they think the name of the next Mars rover should be.
There are nine options to choose from that came from more than 28,000 submissions from students in the U.S. in 2019.
Endurance, Promise, Clarity, Vision, Ingenuity, Courage, Tenacity, Fortitude, and Perseverance are all on the table for the 2020 space vehicle.
This currently unnamed craft will be the fifth of its kind from NASA to land on Mars and you could be a part of history.
Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity were used for rovers in the past so these new suggestions are right on track.
According to The Weather Network, Lori Glaze, the director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, said that thousands of students shared their ideas and thousands more volunteered to go through the submissions.
Now everybody can have their say and potentially help label something that will roam around the red planet. The last day to get your vote in is January 27.
"Now it is the public's opportunity to become involved and express their excitement for their favourites of the final nine," she said.
Since NASA chose the submissions that advanced to the final nine, there are no options like Boaty McBoatface, the actual name of a multimillion-dollar research ship that a British government agency let people vote on.
So far, most votes have come from the U.S., Turkey, the U.K., Canada and Romania.
If the option you vote for ends up being the one NASA goes with, you can say that you helped with the Mars 2020 Mission.
The final name for this new explorer will be announced in March and the craft will launch into space in July.
It's a long journey, though — the vehicle won't land on Mars until 2021.
It's been a good couple of months when it comes to Canada and space.
On January 10,and could potentially be the first Canadians to walk on the moon or even the first people to go to Mars.
Back in December, two people from Canada helpedthat are about 320 light-years away from Earth.
The star and planet are now known as Nikawiy and Awasis which mean "mother" and "child" in Cree.
Now, we have another chance to be a part of something related to space.