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ESA wants you to name its new Mars rover

By T.K. Randall
July 21, 2018 · Comment icon 30 comments

Let us hope the rover doesn't end up being called Marsy McMarsface. Image Credit: ESA
The European Space Agency is offering a prize to the person who manages to come up with the winning name.
The rover, which will be launching in 2020, is part of an ongoing series of astrobiology missions designed to scour the surface of Mars for evidence of past life.

Asking the public to name anything however has become something of a gamble in recent years.

Just recently, the Natural Environment Research Council ended up with 'Boaty McBoatface' after holding a public poll asking Internet users to decide what to call its new polar research vessel.

The name was eventually dropped in favor of RRS Sir David Attenborough.
In the case of the Mars rover, in an effort to avoid it being called 'Marsy McMarsface' or something else equally as ridiculous, organizers have instead opted to accept suggestions via a web form.

Those looking to enter the competition can do so - here.

"Mars is a fascinating destination," said British astronaut Tim Peake. "A place where humans will one day work alongside robots to gather new knowledge and search for life in our solar system."

"The ExoMars rover is a vital part of this journey of exploration and we're asking you to become part of this exciting mission and name the rover that will scout the Martian surface."

Source: Sky News | Comments (30)

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Comment icon #21 Posted by cyclopes500 6 years ago
Johnny 5.
Comment icon #22 Posted by pfon71361 6 years ago
Rovey McRoverface.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Black Monk 6 years ago
I've been on the website and entered the name "Endeavour 2". Britain's Beagle 2 Mars lander was named after the Beagle, the ship that took Darwin around the world in the 1830s. So I think this Mars rover should be named after the ship that took Cook on his voyage of discovery to Australia and New Zealand. What an amazing feeling it would be if ESA decided to call it Endeavour 2.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Seti42 6 years ago
Comment icon #25 Posted by Nzo 6 years ago
Waist of money or WOM for short.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 6 years ago
Yes lets never try to learn something new........
Comment icon #27 Posted by Nzo 6 years ago
Money better spent on a moon base. Save a dollar today and tomorrow you can afford that nifty moon base instead of buying useless trinkets.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 6 years ago
You can build a Moon base for 2 dollars ? Anyway ESA doesn't use dollars, they use Euro's ! I would guess that you are American, so you can rest easily knowing that you don't have to contribute any money to this project. 
Comment icon #29 Posted by ItsNothing 6 years ago
I like the name Wall-e
Comment icon #30 Posted by Grandpa Greenman 6 years ago
I was going to suggest The Doctor, because it has a drill, reminded me of the sonic screwdriver.  But the drop down country list  didn't  included the US. They had Canada, though.  Sigh... it's because of Trump isn't it.  

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