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Rover-Naming Winner Signs Mars Rover Curiosity
Rover-Naming Winner Signs Mars Rover Curiosity

Twelve-year-old Clara Ma of Lenexa, Kans., signs NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, an opportunity that she earned by submitting the winning essay in a national contest to name the rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission.

She signed the rover on June 8, 2009, inside a cleanroom of the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., where Curiosity is being assembled and tested for launch in 2011. Behind Ma, clockwise, are JPL Director Charles Elachi and Mars Science Laboratory engineers Peter Illsley and Christopher Voorhees.

More than 9,000 students entered the naming contest.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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