On Feb. eighteenth, 2021, subsequent to going through a half year on the way, the Perseverance wanderer arrived in the Jezero Crater on Mars. By March fourth, it started driving brief distances and adjusting its instruments in anticipation of all the science tasks it will lead. Most as of late, Perseverance started examining its first logical objective, a stone that has been named “Máaz” – the Navajo word for “Mars.”
This component is one of numerous objects of logical premium in the Jezero Crater that are being given names from the Navajo language. The interaction is administered by the Perseverance mission group in a joint effort with the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President. This is with regards to NASA’s custom of giving highlights epithets so the mission group (which can number in the large numbers) has a typical name for them.
As of late, the Perseverance group named the wanderer’s arrival site the “Octavia E. Head servant Landing” to pay tribute to the late and regarded sci-fi creator who died in 2006. Likewise, the Curiosity meanderers arrival site in the Gale Crater was named Bradbury Landing to pay tribute to Ray Bradbury, the popular sci-fi writer who is maybe most popular for composing The Martian Chronicles.
The Chelly Canyon National Monument (Tséyi’ in Navajo) in Arizona, situated in the core of the Navajo Nation.
For this situation, the choice is important for a bigger exertion where the meanderer’s arrival site was partitioned into four quadrangles (or “quads”). Every quad measures about 2.6 km2 (1 square mile) in size and is named after a public park or nature protect on Earth with comparative topography. The quad where Perseverance landed is named for Arizona’s Tséyi (Canyon de Chelly) National Monument, situated in the core of the Navajo Nation.
One of the architects in the mission bunch is Aaron Yazzie of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who is himself Navajo or Dine. Through Yazzie, NASA south the authorization and collaboration of the Navajo Nation to name new highlights on Mars. Accordingly, Jonathan Nez and Myron Lizer (the President and VP of the Navajo Nation, separately) and their counsels incorporated a rundown of words and made them accessible to the meanderer’s group.
For instance, Perseverance’s name was signified “Ha’anhóni,” while words like bidziil “strength” and ho? nil?? “respect” was in like manner underscored as possible names for features. Different terms were enlivened by landscape that has effectively been imaged by the meanderer, for example, tséwózí honey bee hazhmeezh, which means “moving columns of stones, similar to waves.” As Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a NASA public statement:
The organization that the Nez-Lizer Administration has worked with NASA will assist with renewing our Navajo language. We trust that having our language utilized in the Perseverance mission will rouse a greater amount of our young Navajo individuals to comprehend the significance and the meaning of learning our language. Our words were utilized to help win World War II, and now we are assisting with exploring and study the planet Mars.
Following 5 years and 60 up-and-comers, NASA has picked Jezero hole as the arrival site for the Mars 2020 meanderer.
As of now, the Perseverance group has a rundown of 50 names to begin, yet the group will keep on working with the Navajo Nation to incorporate more names for highlights as the wanderer keeps on recognizing them. This game changing arriving on Mars has set out a unique freedom to rouse Navajo youth through astounding logical and designing accomplishments, yet in addition through the consideration of our language in a particularly significant manner, added Yazzle.
Probably the greatest test has been adjusting Navajo content so that Perseverance’s frameworks can remember it. To pass on the remarkable way to express Navajo words, exceptional accents are incorporated (which the meanderer’s modernized language doesn’t perceive). For the present, the group is maintaining a strategic distance from difficulties by basically utilizing English letters without exceptional accents or accentuations.
In any case, Yazzie additionally demonstrated that the group will keep on attempting to discover approaches to pass on the legitimate pitches. Said Nez:
We are glad for one of our own, Aaron Yazzie, who is assuming an essential part in NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Mission. We are energized for the NASA group and for Aaron and we consider him to be being an incredible good example who will move more interest in the STEM fields of study and ideally motivate a greater amount of our youngsters to seek after STEM professions to have considerably more prominent effects and commitments similarly as Aaron is doing. As the mission proceeds, we offer our supplications for proceeded with progress.
Unlabeled picture of the Maaz include in the Jezero Crater.
Katie Stack Morgan, the Deputy Project Scientist of the Perseverance mission at JPL, included that researchers the group have accepted the chance to learn Navajo words and their significance. This organization is empowering the meanderer’s science group to be more insightful about the names being considered for highlights on Mars – what they mean both geographically and to individuals on Earth, she said.
Sooner rather than later, the meanderer will be running more tests to align its high level set-up of instruments. These will be depended on when Perseverance looks at Máaz’s organization and what it can educate us concerning the historical backdrop of the Jezero Crater. The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter will likewise be making another trial dry run to test its frameworks and abilities.
The kinds of disclosures Perseverance will consider have researchers everywhere on the world energetically anticipating the wanderers’ logical returns!