NASA: Cypriot nicknames given to Martian rocks honouring Dr. Charalambous’ contribution to the InSight Mission
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) gave Cypriot names to two rocks discovered on the surface of Mars to honour a Greek-Cypriot scientist for his contribution to a planetary exploration mission. The rocks were attributed Cypriot nicknames as a sign of gratitude expressed by NASA’s directors towards the 33-year old Dr. Konstantinos Charalambous, one of the leading scientists in the InSight Mission.
InSight is an acronym for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. NASA dispatched a robotic vehicle equipped with sensory technologies that will provide a holistic evaluation of the Red Planet’s geological makeup. NASA officials touted the operation as Mars’ first health check-up since its birth, estimated roughly to have taken place 4.5 billion years ago. The robotic study will help scientists discover the constitutive elements of rocky planets in our solar system. The four rocky representatives entail Earth, Mars, Mercury and Venus – all formulated roughly 4 billion years ago. Dr. Charalambous made an important contribution in designing and supervising the robotic vehicle’s deployment in Mars. The two chosen names, typical words of the Cypriot dialect, are Zavos and Mutti. Zavos is translated as rather crazy and Mutti represents the highest peak of a mountain.