One Cool Thing: NASA Needs YOU — To Name Its New Rover

There is an important election happening right now!  You can vote to name NASA’s next Mars rover.  The Agency held an essay contest and invited students from around the country to propose a fitting name for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover and write a short essay about it.  The nine finalists are: Endurance, K-4, Oliver Jacobs of Virginia; Tenacity, K-4, Eamon Reilly of Pennsylvania; Promise, K-4, Amira Shanshiry of Massachusetts; Perseverance, 5-8, Alexander Mather of Virginia; Vision, 5-8, Hadley Green of Mississippi; Clarity, 5-8, Nora Benitez of California; Ingenuity, 9-12, Vaneeza Rupani of Alabama; Fortitude, 9-12, Anthony Yoon of Oklahoma; and Courage, 9-12, Tori Gray of Louisiana.  You can cast your ballot between now and midnight EST on Jan. 27th.   To read the student essays and vote, click here.

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