NASA asks students to name the next Mars rover

The next NASA Rover is on schedule to land on Mars in February 2021, but still lacks an essential component: a name. To create interest in the mission and to inspire students to participate in the STEM topics that make space exploration possible, NASA sponsors a competition called Name the Rover. Open to K-12 students in public, private, and home schools in the US, it is an essay competition asking students to name the robotic space traveler and explain the reasons for their chosen name.


If you, a student in your household or in your class (if you are a teacher) want to give it a try, it is very simple. Just go to the Name the Rover challenge page and click on the button & # 39; Register student and teacher & # 39 ;. Entries are judged on the meaning and originality of both the name and the chosen essay.

Image from Nasa / JPL-Caltech

Rules of the competition include:

  • The chosen name cannot contain more than 50 characters and the essay cannot contain more than 150 words.
  • One entry per student.
  • The name cannot be a repeat of a previous space mission or a NASA flight program.
  • If you want to use the name of a real person, they must have died.
  • No company or trademark names, and of course the essay must be completely original,

The deadline for participation is November 1 and final entries will be posted on the site for a public poll in January 2020.

No student Do you still want to participate? You can help assess the thousands of expected submissions on register as a judge.