NASA honours Japie van Zyl by renaming Mars flight location after him

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NASA honours Japie van Zyl by renaming Mars flight location after him

NASA has honoured Stellenbosch University alumnus and former solar system exploration director Japie van Zyl by naming the location of its upcoming Ingenuity Mars Helicopter's flight after him.

Van Zyl was born in Outjo, South West Africa (Namibia) in 1957. After finishing matric he attended Stellenbosch University where he completed an honours degree in electronic engineering.

Following two years in the South African Navy, he left South Africa to complete MSc and PhD degrees in electrical engineering at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
 
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Spoiler alert: He died in 2020. Names are not usually assigned to living persons.
 

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NASA honours Japie van Zyl by renaming Mars flight location after him

NASA has honoured Stellenbosch University alumni and former solar system exploration director Japie van Zyl by naming the location of its upcoming Ingenuity Mars Helicopter's flight after him.

Van Zyl was born in Outjo, South West Africa (Namibia) in 1957. After finishing matric he attended Stellenbosch University where he completed an honours degree in electronic engineering.

Following two years in the South African Navy, he left South Africa to complete MSc and PhD degrees in electrical engineering at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

A great testament of what South Africans once was and what we were capable of acheiving. Congrats to Japie and his family. This is the biggest honour any South African could ever get.
 

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A great testament of what South Africans once was and what we were capable of acheiving. Congrats to Japie and his family. This is the biggest honour any South African could ever get.
Namibian actually
 

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anc: imperialists. we will expropriate mars without compensation. we will be on mars before 3024.

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Remember a talk he had with our school astronomy club back in the late 80s. He was already with NASA at the time and talked a lot about Mars - had some amazing photos of Mount Olympus. Glad to see he eventually got there.
 
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