NASA’s discoveries on Mars bear Navajo names

Aborigines have had ties to land in North America since ancient times, and now that connection is spreading to the International.

The rover of perseverance has been on Mars for a month, collecting data and making discoveries every passing day.

Many of the discoveries, in collaboration with NASA, are listed in the Navajo language Dine Picat.

The diligence team started with a list of 50 words and expanded the list as needed. According to a tweet from Explorer, some terms have already been used, namely tsé lichíí (red rock), yéigo (diligence) and seítah (between sand).

Prior to landing in the Jesero gorge in Mawas (Tuesday, Navajo), the diligence team divided the gorge into 2.6 sq km (1 sq mi) phases and named them “Quads” in memory of our national parks. A planet with a similar geography.

The rover was named after the Canyon de Celli National Monument in Arizona, located in the Navajo Nation.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Ness, along with Vice President Myron Lyser and other advisers, suggested words from what they saw at the landing site, Indian Country Today reported.

In a press release, NASA said that these recommendations include tséwózí bee hazhmeezh (rolling rows of pebbles like waves). Aaron Yassi, Dine, also nominated Fitzgerald (strength) and Hol Nilik (honor) on this list. “Perseverance” (perseverance) is translated into Navajo Hahani.

Yassi is a mechanical engineer on the diligence team and works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

He believes that seeing his own language associated with work will add pride to Native youth and motivate them to achieve their goals.

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