Name the Rover Contest

Name the Rover Contest

You Can Name the Mars 2020 Rover!

Now Accepting Essay Submissions

NASA invites U.S. students to submit essays to name NASA's next Mars rover. Kindergarten through 12th grade students have until Nov. 1, 2019 to submit their name. Register, learn more, and submit entries (or sign up to be a judge) using one of the links below.

Key Dates

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

By participating in the essay contest, students will:

  • 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 essays of finalists will be published on NASA's Mars Website.

Public Poll

People worldwide will have an opportunity to let us know what their favorite names are and vote on the top names. Come back to take part in the poll in January, 2020.