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A rover named Curiosity

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By Roger Snodgrass

The Mars rover that will be carrying two instruments from Los Alamos National Laboratory has a name.

In a national competition, Clara Ma, a sixth-grader from Kansas submitted the winning entry, “Curiosity.” She wins a trip to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

NASA made the announcement Thursday, noting that the name was chosen from over 9,000 suggestions and took into account the essays that accompanied the proposals.

“I was really interested in space, but I thought space was something I could only read about in books and look at during the night from so far away,” Ma said. “I thought that I would never be able to get close to it, so for me, naming the Mars rover would at least be one step closer.”

“Curiosity is an everlasting flame that burns in everyone’s mind. It makes me get out of bed in the morning and wonder what surprises life will throw at me that day,” Ma wrote in her winning essay.

“Curiosity is such a powerful force. Without it, we wouldn’t be who we are today. Curiosity is the passion that drives us through our everyday lives. We have become explorers and scientists with our need to ask questions and to wonder.”


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