The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

Name That Rover!

NASA is having a contest to name the next Mars Rover, open to students. The new rover, to be launched in 2009, desperately needs a new name as it is currently known as the Mars Science Laboratory.

This beefed up rover will be nuclear powered and focus on whether Mars is or has ever been a place hospitable for microbial life. More power means more science instruments and a greater range for more exploration.

The winning entry gets a free trip to the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena (where they build the rovers). Pass this on to teachers you know so we can get a lot of entries!

Reprinted with permission from the Half-Astrophysicst Blog.

November 21, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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