NASA wants your help to name its next rover to Mars. View the details on how to enter the contest


Hey kids! NASA wants your help!

We are building a new robot that's going to Mars...

But it doesn't have a name yet...

We can't just call it 'Robot' that's like naming your dog 'Dog' or if your parents just named you 'Child.'

So we're asking you to come up with a name.

But what kind of name?

For our new robot, the name could be almost anything.

Maybe the name could describe how it looks...

So, what does it look like?

It's made of metal, with cameras for eyes, a long neck, one robotic arm, and 6 wheels for feet.

So maybe a name could be: 'Big-Weird-Metal-Roller-Bot'

But that's not a very good name either. So what kind of name could you give the rover?

Maybe the name could be about something the rover will do: like zapping rocks to find out what they're made of -- or collecting rock samples for a possible return to Earth someday.

Maybe it could be named after someone from history - but who?

A great scientist? A brave pioneer? You decide.

Maybe you want to name it less about what it is, and more about what you want it to be. It's up to you!

And if your name is selected, you could get the chance to sign the actual rover before it launches.

Our last two Mars rover missions were named by kids just like you --so we want to hear your ideas.

Explore this website to find out more about our new rover.

Then give us your best idea, and we may just send it to Mars!


NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
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