NASA’s MARS Helicopter is named after 17-year old Indian Origin student Vaneeza Rupani
NASA is getting ready to send its next Mars rover to the Red Planet later this year, and that mission will also carry its first helicopter for Mars, a brand new helicopter robot that will attempt to make history by becoming the first vehicle to perform a powered atmospheric flight on another planet.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) created a trailer of sorts to show you approximately what that flight will look like, when it takes place sometime after the targeted February 18, 2021 arrival date for the Mars 2020 mission.
NASA recently organized a contest “Name the Rover” for naming its first-ever Mars helicopter. The contest received over 28,000 entries. Vaneeza Rupani, a 17-year-old from Alabama, United States, has named NASA’s first helicopter for Mars “Ingenuity”.
Rupani submission according to NASA’s website read – “The ingenuity and brilliance of people working hard to overcome challenges of interplanetary travel are what allow us to experience wonders of space exploration”. Rupani currently studies at the Tuscaloosa County High School in Alabama and submitted one of the 28,000 essays received in connection with the helicopter.
The rover was also named employing similar tactics. A seventh-grade student Alexander Mather’s essay won the contest, after which the Mars rover was officially named “Perseverance”.
NASA’s website claims that Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, made the choice for the rover’s name, and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine chose the name for the helicopter.
Ingenuity encapsulates the values that our helicopter tech demo will showcase for everyone when it takes off next year as the first aircraft on another planet’s surface.
I am proud that NASA’s Mars Helicopter will be named by Vaneeza Rupani of Northport, Alabama
This is a unique privilege. Ms. Rupani’s essay on why she chose the name ‘Ingenuity’ highlights her creativity, originality, and intelligence. Her grasp on the importance of exploration is extraordinary, and I am confident that she has a bright future ahead. Congratulations to Ms. Rupani on being selected for this prestigious honor.
Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama.
NASA’s Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity, is set to arrive on Mars on February 18, 2021. Its mission is to demonstrate the first powered flight in another world.