Nasa Selects Lego Company To Run Mars Rover Naming Contest NASA

NASA announced a contest, which will give American school kids a chance to make history, by naming two rovers being launched to explore Mars. The robotic explorers are part of NASA’s upcoming Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission. The twin rovers will land at two different locations on the mysterious red planet to explore the surface in search of answers about the history of water on Mars. The NASA “Name the Rovers” contest is a collaborative effort between NASA and the LEGO Company. The LEGO Company will manage the contest in conjunction with The Planetary Society. The contest provides students with the unique opportunity to suggest a name for each of the two Mars-bound rovers, temporarily known as MER-A and MER-B. The rovers are scheduled to launch in May and June 2003 respectively. The rovers are scheduled to land on Mars in January 2004.