Tuscaloosa County High Student Names NASA Mars Helicopter

I love everything weather and space-related, so when I found out that a student from Alabama won a contest with NASA, I was excited.  It turns out that Vaneeza Rupani, a student at Tuscaloosa County High School, has won a competition to name the Mars Helicopter for NASA.  The "Name the Rover" essay contest had 28,000 essays submitted to NASA.  The NASA Science Mars Exploration Program noted from Rupani's essay the inspiration for the naming choice is that "the ingenuity and brilliance of people working hard to overcome the challenges of interplanetary travel are what allow us all to experience the wonders of space exploration." To me, this is AMAZING!  So, the Mars Helicopter for NASA has a name and it is Ingenuity, all thanks to Vaneeza Rupani.  I also felt that part of her essay was compelling when she noted that "Ingenuity is what allows people to accomplish amazing things, and it allows us to expand our horizons to the edges of the universe."  Congratulations, Vaneeza Rupani!

(Source) To read more about this story, please check out the NASA Science Mars Exploration Program website by clicking here. 

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