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NASA's first Mars helicopter has a name now, and the credit goes to a 17-year-old Indian-origin girl named Vaneeza Rupani. Check out more details here.

Updated: May 01, 2020 11:54 IST

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MARS Helicopter named Ingenuity.

A high school junior from Northport, Alabama, Rupani, gained the honour of naming the helicopter after she submitted her essay into NASA's "Name the Rover" contest.

NASA's Mars Helicopter officially named: Ingenuity, as suggested by Rupani is destined to become the first aircraft to attempt powered flight on another planet.

NASA announced in March that its next rover would be named Perseverance based on seventh-grader Alexander Mather's essay. Also, it decided to choose a name for the helicopter that will accompany the rover to Mars.

"Our Mars helicopter has a new name! Meet Ingenuity. Student Vaneeza Rupani came up with the name during our name the rover contest. Ingenuity will ride to the Red Planet with @NASAPersevere to attempt the first powered flight on another world," NASA tweeted.

According to NASA, Rupani's entry was among 28,000 essays submitted by K-12 students from every US state and territory. The announcement was made by NASA on Wednesday.

"The ingenuity and brilliance of people working hard to overcome the challenges of interplanetary travel are what allow us all to experience the wonders of space exploration," Rupani wrote in her essay, according to a news release by NASA.