NASA is inviting students to name the next Mars rover. The Mars 2020 Rover is preparing to launch in July 2020, but it doesn’t have a name yet.
NASA’s Name the Rover contest asks K-12 students across the United States to send in short essays with their best name ideas.
The contest started on August 27 and runs until November 1. K-12 students in U.S. public, private and home schools can enter. The grand prize winner will name the rover and be invited to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Here’s how to participate.
Here’s how NASA described the rover:
The Mars 2020 rover is a 2,300-pound (1,040-kilogram) robotic scientist that will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet’s climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth, and pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet.
Building NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover: See NASA’s next Mars rover quite literally coming together inside a clean room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
To enter the contest, students must their proposed rover name and a short essay, no more than 150 words, explaining why their proposed ...