NASA’s newest Mars Rover’s name – and student behind it – will be announced LIVE on Thursday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m. EST.
The Mars 2020 rover was the subject of a nationwide naming contest in 2019 that drew more than 28,000 essays by K-12 students from every U.S. state and territory. Nearly 4,700 volunteer judges – educators, professionals, and space enthusiasts from around the country – helped narrow the pool down to 155 semifinalists. A second round of judging selected the nine finalist essays that were open to an online public poll before Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, made the final selection.
Watch live coverage here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Zni3MLBHDaY