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Name the Mars 2020 Rover!In 2020, we’re sending our newest robotic scientist to Mars, paving the way...

Name the Mars 2020 Rover!

In 2020, we’re sending our newest robotic scientist to Mars, paving the way for humans to one day live and work on the Red Planet. The only problem? Our Mars 2020 rover doesn’t have a name yet! We’re calling on K-12 students across the country to find the very best name for our next robotic space explorer!

The Mission

Before we can send astronauts to Mars we need to learn more about the planet and its climate. This is where the Mars 2020 rover comes in. Its job will be to explore the Red Planet in search of signs of ancient life! It will also be tasked with characterizing the planet’s climate and geology, and collecting samples from its surface. Because of the groundwork laid by rovers such as this, humans will one day become an interplanetary species!

Meet the rovers that came before it

The-soon-to-be-named rover will be joining the team of historic NASA robots that have been working away in space for the past 27 years! All of our robot explorers have their own missions, personality and names that help tell their own story. The most recent Mars rover, Curiosity, landed on the planet in 2012 and is responsible for finding evidence of a possible ancient oasis! Data Curiosity collected suggests salty, shallow ponds once dotted a Martian crater – a sign of the planet’s drying climate. Before Curiosity, robotic twins Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars in 2004. Their instruments helped them search for evidence of liquid water that may have been present in the planet’s past!

Submit your entry today!

One grand prize winner will name the rover and be invited to Cape Canaveral, Florida to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020! So, what will it take to win? Just send us your proposed name and a short essay (no more than 150 words), explaining why the name you chose is the best for this very special robotic explorer! The deadline is November 1st, so get your thinking cap on and tell us your most creative idea! Apply here!

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