Curiosity Goes To Mars
That's because Clara Ma, the 12-year-old daughter of two talented senior software engineers here at Garmin, won NASA's nationwide contest to name the new lander. Scheduled for launch in 2011, the new rolling science lab will be known as "Curiosity." More than 9,000 students from every state submitted essays to name the rover. Jet Propulsion Lab engineer Suparna Mukherjee presented Clara with the award at her school earlier this week.
True to its name, Curiosity will analyze the Martian environment to determine if it ever has been favorable for supporting life. The rover also will search for evidence of water and look for several chemical building blocks of life.
In her essay, Clara said that "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."
We'd like to think that same curiosity is what drives us at Garmin. Congratulations, Clara!
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