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NASA Wants You To Name the Next Mars Rover

Posted 10 Jan 2009 at 21:49 UTC by steve Share This

Cassie Bowman of NASA writes, "NASA is inviting students in grades K-12 to help name the rover for the Mars Science Laboratory mission. K-12 students can write a short essay suggesting a name, and may even win a trip to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to meet the engineers who built it. The winner will also have the chance to sign his or her name on the rover prior to its launch. Students 13 and younger must submit a mail-in form with a parent/guardian signature. Students 14-18 years old may submit by mail or online. The contest ends January 25, 2009." If you'd like to read more about the new Mars robot itself, you can find all the details at JPL's Mars Science Laboratory and MSL Science Corner websites. Let the naming begin. And good luck with that Rube Goldberg landing scheme - they must have had people working overtime to come with the most complex possible way of landing a Mars rover!

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