NASA enlists the aid of K-12 students to help name Mars rover


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is sponsoring a challenge for K-12 students to name the Mars 2020 rover. The Name the Rover Challenge is open to K-12 public, private, and homeschooled students in the US, its territories, and American schools overseas. Students must individually propose a name and write a short essay explaining the reasons for the suggested name. Suggested names will be judged based on the name appropriateness, significance, originality, and formulation of the essay. There will be three rounds of judging, each narrowing the field of entries until eventually only one is left. The winner will be announced February 18th, 2020, though the rover will not be launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida until July 17th-August 5th, 2020.