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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover mission honors Navajo language

NASA - Mars Exploration Program    Translate This Article
11 March 2021

On 11 March 2021 NASA - Mars Exploration Program reported: Working with the Navajo Nation, the rover team has named features on Mars with words from the Navajo language. The rover's team, in collaboration with the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President, has been naming features of scientific interest with words in the Navajo language. Surface missions assign nicknames to landmarks to provide the mission's team members, which number in the thousands ... Although the International Astronomical Union designates official names for planetary features, these informal names are used as reference points by the team. ... Mission scientists worked with a Navajo engineer on the team, Aaron Yazzie of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, to seek the Navajo Nation's permission and collaboration in naming new features on Mars. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

'The partnership that the Nez-Lizer Administration has built with NASA will help to revitalize our Navajo language,' said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez. 'We hope that having our language used in the Perseverance mission will inspire more of our young Navajo people to understand the importance and the significance of learning our language. Our words were used to help win World War II, and now we are helping to navigate and learn more about the planet Mars.'

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