In the final stretch of preparation for sending the rover to mars in the context of the Mars 2020 mission, NASA wants to baptize it, and has launched a competition for US children to choose its name. Students will have until November 1st to submit their proposals, and the competition will be divided into three age groups.
NASA intends to be given original names, appropriate and relative to the context of the Mars 2020 mission. After the deadline has expired, the US space agency will choose 52 semifinalists from each group, each representing a US state or territory. Then it will be up to the public to choose nine finalists in January 2020. The announcement of the final name to be given to the rover will be made on February 18, a year before their arrival on Martian soil.
Over the past year the rover has been improved, gaining legs and wheels in June in its mobility suspension. The Mars 2020's two legs are made of titanium tubing, in a similar process to that used in bicycle manufacturing. NASA explains that the six wheels currently installed on the rover are for testing purposes only and will be replaced by 2020. The wheels have their own engine, with both front and rear wheels also running. This way the rover can rotate 360 degrees in one place.
It was also shown how strong his arm is, which is 2.1 meters long, being able to move weights of approximately 40 kg. The arm consists of five electric motors and five joints.
NASA's Mars 2020 rover will launch in July next year from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It is scheduled to land on Mars in February 2021, where Jezero Crater is chosen.