You can name NASA’s next Mars rover

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(CNN) – NASA is working on its latest spacecraft bound for the red planet.

But as scientists continue building the rover, there is one job they need help with.

They want public input on its name.

Currently called Mars 2020 Rover, NASA wants kindergartners through high schoolers to weigh in on what it should be called.

This fall, the space agency will launch a nationwide naming contest.

Two organizations are helping NASA run the contest, recruit judges, and set up the website for name submissions.

The Mars 2020 Rover is about the size of a small car.

When it is launched next summer, its mission will be to look for ancient life on Mars, study the planet’s climate, and collect samples for future missions.

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(This story was originally published on June 25, 2019)

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