Name the Rover Contest

Name the Rover Contest

Naming the Mars 2020 Rover

Rover's First Drive
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More than 28,000 K-12 students nationwide responded to NASA's call to "Name the Rover." Participants from all over the world shared their favorite names with NASA, submitting more than 770,000 votes in a public poll. Come back in early March when NASA announces the essay contest winner. NASA will invite the winning student to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Public Poll Participation Map

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    Key Dates

    • Contest
      Aug. 28 2019
    • Contest
      Nov. 01 2019
    • Judging
      Nov. - Jan. 2019
    • Public
      Jan. 2020
    • Final Name
      Mar. 2020

    By participating in the essay contest, students:

    • Learn about real NASA missions
    • Apply their critical thinking skills
    • Learn something new, and form questions about a place they may never have heard of
    • Conduct research using NASA websites
    • Applying their writing skills

    The winning essay will be published on NASA's Mars Website.