Illustration of the ExoMars rover expected to launch in 2020.
You can help us call the European Mars rover Mars When Geography Stares You ..
The UK Space Agency has launched a public competition to name the UK-built ExoMars rover who is scheduled to launch in 2020 on a mission to search for the Red Planet.
"Mars is a fascinating destination, a place where people will one day gather new knowledge together with robots and look for life in our solar system," said European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake today (20 Farnborough International Airshow in England, said in a statement by the ESA. [Photos: Europe̵
"The ExoMars rover is an important part of this reconnaissance mission, and we ask you to become part of this exciting mission and call the Rover, which will explore the Martian surface, "added Peake.
The contest is open to residents of ESA Member States and Associate Members only, so you are eligible to vote in Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark , Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania live, Slovenia, Spain, Sch Sweden, Switzerland or Great Britain
The competition runs until October 10th. The person who introduces the winning moniker (who is not, hopefully, Rovey McRoverface) will be given a tour of the Airbus factory in Stevenage, England, where the Rover ExoMars will be built.
To learn more or to participate, go to the contest page.
The life-saving, drill-equipped Rover is the second phase of the two-part ExoMars program, led by ESA with Russia as junior partner. The first phase consisted of a landing demonstrator named Schiaparelli and the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), which launched in March 2016.
Schiaparelli crashed on the Martian surface in October 2016, but TGO reached its desired orbit and recently started sniffing for methane and other possible signs of life in the atmosphere of the Red Planet.
NASA plans to launch its own Mars rover in 2020. The US Space Force's Mars 2020 Rover will seek, among other things, signs of the ancient red planet Samples for a possible future return to Earth and testing an instrument that generates oxygen from atmospheric carbon dioxide
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