NASA Declared a Contest to Name Next 2020 Mars Rover

NASA Declared a Contest to Name Next 2020 Mars Rover

NASA is starting a new mission to invite students naming next 2020 Mars rover.  This is a big opportunity for K-12 students in U.S. public, private and home schools as they can enter the Mars 2020 Name the Rover essay contest. The contest started from Tuesday. One 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.

“This naming contest is a wonderful opportunity for our nation’s youth to get involved with NASA’s Moon to Mars missions,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “It is an exciting way to engage with a rover that will likely serve as the first leg of a Mars Sample return campaign, collecting and caching core samples from the Martian surface for scientists here on Earth to study for the first time.”

2020 Mars rover will seek for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet’s climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth.

“Our Mars 2020 rover has fully taken shape over the past several months, as the project team installed various components onto the chassis: the computer brain and electronics; wheels and mobility system; robotic arm; remote sensing mast; the seven science instruments; and finally, the sample caching system,” said George Tahu, Mars 2020 program executive. “All that’s missing is a great name!”

To enter the contest, students should submit by November 1 their proposed rover name and a short essay, no more than 150 words, explaining why their proposed name should be chosen.

So, students have a great opportunity to participate this kind of contest.

NASA mentioned [As part of the final selection process, the public will have an opportunity to vote online on the nine finalists in January 2020. NASA plans to announce the selected name on Feb. 18, 2020 – exactly one year before the rover will land on the surface of Mars].

Source: Text; NASA

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