Name NASA's Next Mars Rover!

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    Building NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover



    Name NASA's Next Mars Rover!



    My suggestion: Rovy McRoverface. However, NASA isn't so stupid as to allow easy, anonymous voting. It's for school kids and they need to register.

    Boaty McBoatface: What You Get When You Let the Internet Decide

    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/22/...you-get-when-you-let-the-internet-decide.html

    A proposal by a British government agency to let the Internet suggest a name for a $287 million polar research ship probably seemed like a good idea at the time.

    Now, the agency is the latest group to see what happens when web users are asked to unleash their creative energy: R.R.S. Boaty McBoatface is a clear front-runner.

    People quickly disregarded the more dignified names suggested by the Natural Environment Research Council — Shackleton, Endeavour, Falcon. Instead the contest became the latest in the Internet’s long, storied history to end up with social media users gleefully offering ridiculous names to government-funded projects.

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    That'll be the Chinese one.
     
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    One Red Hen...
     
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    Huxter, that looks like 3 red hens.
     
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    I hope they explicitly exclude anything resembling <thing>y Mc<thing>face or any approximation thereof.

    According to Wikipedia, past US Mars rovers have been named MARS 2, MARS 3, Sojourner (part of the Mars Pathfinder mission), Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity. Some other names in that vein could be Searcher, Explorer, or reuse of shuttle names like Discovery and Endeavor.

    Just as Pathfinder's base was renamed the Carl Sagan Memorial Station, and space telescopes have been named for notable astronomers and scientists, a rover could be named Hawking, Brahe, Ptolemy, Copernicus, or some such.

    Since a rover is intended to investigate and to solve the mysteries of the planet, Holmes might be good, but I'd rather that wait for a dual mission (like Spirit and Opportunity) called Holmes and Watson.

    For whimsy, one could use a stereotypical dog's name like, well, Rover. Or Spot, or Lassie, or some such.
     
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    M'eh. I'm just in it for participation points.
     
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    I kinda like Bob.
     
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    MSL has already been called that in a few places. This one comes to mind for me:
    20190906_191628.jpg

    It is written by one of the developers of the ChemCam instrument. I have a signed copy I picked up at a spectroscopy conference a couple of years back.
     
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