Shown in the artist’s rendering is the Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet.

Destined to become the first aircraft to attempt powered flight on another planet, NASA’s Mars Helicopter officially has received a new name: Ingenuity.

Vaneeza Rupani, a junior at Tuscaloosa County High School in Northport, Alabama, came up with the name and the motivation behind it during NASA’s “Name the Rover” essay contest.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

艺术家的渲染图上显示了火星直升机,这是一种小型的自动旋翼飞机,将与NASA的毅力号火星车一起登陆火星。毅力号火星车目前计划于2020年7月发射,以展示火星上比空气重的飞行器的可行性和潜力。

NASA的火星直升机将成为尝试在另一个星球上进行动力飞行的第一架飞机,现在它正式获得了一个新名字:Ingenuity。

阿拉巴马州诺斯波特塔斯卡卢萨县高中的初中生凡妮莎·鲁帕尼(Vaneeza Rupani)在NASA的“为火星车命名”征文比赛中提出了这个名字和动机。

图片来源:NASA/JPL-Caltech

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宇翔 张

到底叫什么?机灵号?独创号?巧思号?新颖号?还是“博大精深号”?一脸懵!