NASA will broadcast live later this week, when the official name of the Mars rover will be announced later this year. NASA has long referred to it only as “Mars 2020 Rover”, and in August last year NASA held a naming event to invite American students to name the new probe.
In August 2019, NASA launched the Mars 2020 probe naming campaign, inviting K-12 students to provide the naming. In January, NASA said it had selected nine of the roughly 28,000 names to make the finals, including Fortitude, Clarity, Perseverance, Vision and Tenacity.
Although the vote was accepted, NASA said it would not decide on a name based on the results of the vote, and would not necessarily use the American’s favorite name. Voting ended on January 27 this year, and now NASA has decided to reveal the answer.
The live stream will begin at 2:30 a.m. Beijing time on March 6 and will be broadcast on Twitter, Facebook, Ustream, YouTube and the space agency’s website. After the live broadcast, an online conference call will be held at 4:30 a.m. Beijing time, when more details will be announced.
The live broadcast will invite students who were eventually chosen, as well as Thomas Zurbuchen, deputy director of NASA’s Science Mission. Assuming everything goes according to plan, the Mars 2020 rover will be launched later this summer.