03. 22. 2009
Send your name to Mars - -for free
The new Mars rover is scheduled to land on the Red Planet to look for wee microbial life in 2012. Your name could be aboard.
The US National Aeronautics and Space Agency wants you to try your luck by helping to name the new rover, which is scheduled for launch in 2011. Just vote for your fave among the 9 names NASA has selected from hundreds proposed by kids. I haven't seen the candidate rover names yet, but NASA says it will reveal them starting March 23.
The people names destined for Mars will be recorded on a chip installed on the rover before launch. NASA is collecting names from folks who vote in the rover-naming contest. Here's the link for voting. You have until March 29 to cast your ballot and maybe get your name to Mars.