Hailey Mack, a student at Southern Delaware School of the Arts, has been selected as a semifinalist for the Mars 2020 Name the Rover contest. Her entry was selected as Delaware’s winner in the middle school category.
Mack’s suggested name, “Ingenuity,” and her essay will enter the next round of consideration to become the official name of the Mars 2020 rover.
The Mars 2020 Rover has entered the final stages of preparation for launch. The currently unnamed Mars 2020 Rover is a robotic scientific vehicle weighing more than 2,300 pounds. It will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet's climate and geology, collect samples for return to Earth, and pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet. The spacecraft is targeted for a July 2020 launch and is expected to touch down on Mars in February 2021.