Name this NASA rover
NASA has invited students to name its next rover that is scheduled to land on Mars in February 2021. The US space agency has sponsored ‘Name the Rover’ challenge, winners of which will be announced on February 18. The challenge is open to K-12 students in the US who will need to submit the name of the rover along with an original, short essay of a maximum of 150 words.
The proposed name of the rover should not exceed 50 characters, as per the rules of the contest. In addition, the proposed name can also not be any past, current or proposed space missions or planned astronomical observatories and can not include terms for ongoing NASA flight programs.
NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is expected to launch into space next year and land on the Red Planet in 2021, where it will stay for at least one Mars year on the surface, which is about 687 Earth days. NASA recently shared a video of Mars 2020 rover testing the arm flex given its ability to lift weights will be crucial. The rover will be collecting rock samples for the space agency to study.
The rover will spend at least one Mars year on the surface, which is about 687 Earth days, so it will be on the planet for nearly one year and eight months.