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09/05/2019 – Ephemeris – A contest to name the Mars 2020 Rover

September 5, 2019

Ephemeris for Thursday, September 5th. Today the Sun will be up for 13 hours and 2 minutes, setting at 8:12, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:10. The Moon, at first quarter today, will set at 12:09 tomorrow morning.

The Mars 2020 Rover is in final preparation to be launched late next year, and its time to give it a name. Prior rover names were Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity and the currently operating Curiosity rover. NASA is holding a contest open to U.S. K through 12 students in public, Private and Home School, to submit a name with a short essay of up to 150 words why that name should be chosen. Deadline is November 1st. Nine names will be chosen and then the whole world will vote to pick the winner. For contest details use your favorite Internet browser and type in “go (dot) nasa (dot) gov forward slash name2020”. NASA also has a way to have your name sent to Mars with the Rover.

The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.


From Sarah Marcotte of the JPL Mars team. Please share this contest announcement with any interested K-12 student…
Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover!
NASA’s Mars 2020 rover needs a name! Any K-12 student in U.S. public, private, and home schools has a chance to name the next Mars rover bound for the Red Planet in July 2020.
To enter the contest, students submit their rover name and a short essay (max 150 words) to explain the reasons why their chosen name is the best. The contest closes Nov. 1, 2019. For contest entry and details, visit the Name the Rover site. : https://www.futureengineers.org/nametherover
Interested adults, especially with STEM experience can sign up to be a judge on this page.
Not in the U.S.? In January 2020, people all over the world will have an opportunity to vote on the nine finalist names.
Help us spread the word by downloading and printing an eye-catching flyer for teachers or students!
Read more about the Mars 2020 mission.

visit: go.nasa.gov/name2020

Name NASA's next Rover

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