Name the Rovers!
NASA will launch two robots to Mars next year and you
can help name them. The Mars Exploration Rovers are
scheduled for launch on or near this coming June, when
Mars and Earth are relatively close in their orbits.
The landing craft are expected to touch down on Mars
in January 2004 and deploy the robot rovers shortly
thereafter. Rovers have the capability to crawl about
100 meters each day of their planned 90-day mission.
The mission's scientific purpose is to seek out and
inspect interesting rocks and terrain that could give
clues to the past of Mars. Suggestions for names
should be sent here, accompanied by a short essay, by
2003 January 31. (Eds. Note: The contest is only open
to school children in grades K-12.)
Erich Landstrom, NASA JPL Solar System Educator
Solar System Educators Program http://www.ssep.org
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