Alabama student names NASA's first Mars helicopter
April 29, 2020
NORTHPORT, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama high school student named NASA's first Mars helicopter that will be deployed to the Red Planet later this summer.
Ingenuity, the name submitted by Vaneera Rupani, was selected for the 4 pound (1.8 kilograms) solar-powered helicopter, NASA said in a statement on Wednesday. The name coined by the junior at Tuscaloosa County High School in Northport was just one of the 28,000 names that were submitted during NASA's "Name the Rover" essay contest for K-12 students across the United States.
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