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Vaneeza Rupani, Indian-origin girl to name NASA’s first Mars helicopter

Team Udayavani, Jul 26, 2021, 6:01 PM IST

Source: NASA

NASA’s First Mars Helicopter will be named by an Indian-origin girl, Vaneeza Rupani. She hails from Northport, Alabama, and earned the honour to choose a moniker for the helicopter on the basis of her essay submitted for NASA’s “Name the Rover” contest.

Vaneeza Rupani was picked in the honour in 2020, becoming world-famous for this.

She suggested to officially name the helicopter as Ingenuity was selected for the first aircraft to attempt powered flight on another planet.

Among 28,000 essays submitted by K-12 students from every US state and territory, Vaneeza Rupani was selected.

Vaneeza Rupani elaborated on the reason behind choosing the name Ingenuity. She asserted that the challenges faced in design a helicopter that is capable of flight on another planet can be overpowered only “with collaboration and creativity”.


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