For those who examine NASA’s Perseverance rover, come throughout the title of its touchdown website on Mars — Jezero Crater — and pronounce it in your head, you could be doing it flawed. Many individuals at NASA aren’t saying it appropriately, both.
NASA’s Perseverance mission will attempt to land on Mars today (Feb. 18). As soon as it reaches the 28-mile-wide (45 kilometers) Jezero Crater, the rover will use its seven devices and the assistance of a helicopter known as Ingenuity to check Earth’s neighboring planet like by no means earlier than.
Sending this $2.7 billion science venture to Mars required NASA to assume loads about the place precisely to drop the mission. It took about 5 years for NASA to select a landing site, and on Nov. 19, 2018, NASA introduced it might ship Perseverance (then recognized merely because the Mars 2020 rover) to a dried-up lake mattress known as Jezero Crater.
Now, as People prepare for Perseverance to the touch down in Jezero Crater at this time, it is time all of us study to pronounce the crater’s title.
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“Jezero” is a slavic phrase which means “lake.” The Planetary Society, a non-profit advocating for area exploration, revealed an audio clip again in 2018 (which you’ll download as an M4A audio file) during which an individual pronounces the title appropriately. Professional-tip for English audio system: Consider the letter “J” as sounding extra just like the letter “Y.”
“It’s appropriately pronounced one thing like ‘YEH-zuh-doh,’ although [Perseverance] mission group members sometimes pronounce it ‘DZEH-zuh-row,'” wrote planetary geologist and science communicator Emily Lakdawalla in an article published by The Planetary Society. Two and half years later, mission group members are nonetheless saying “Jezero” with a tough “J” (right here is one example).
“Jezero” is in good firm. There are various area names, similar to “Ryugu,” “Iapetus,” “‘Oumuamua” and “Sleipnir Fossa” that encourage astronomy fanatics to faucet into the totally different languages all over the world.
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