A 2,300-lb. (1,040 kilograms) rover robot is scheduled to launch this July to Mars. It will touch down inside the Red Planet's Jezero Crater in February 2021.
The Mars 2020 rover will seek signs of past microbial life, collect surface samples as the first leg of a potential Mars Sample Return campaign, and test technologies to produce oxygen from the Martian atmosphere. Naming it is a competion which was opem for the K-12 student in the United States. NASA selected 4,700 volunteer judges to sort through the deluge of submissions from K-12 students around the country (there were 28,000).
Actually, there is a short list with 155 semifinalist names: Humanity, Decipher, L.E.A.D., Arc, Promise, Inspiration, Ambition, Dusty, Archimedes, Believer, Biorevelation, D.R.E.A.M., Innovator, Little Tinker, Tenacity, Determination, Jeevan, Summer, Inspiration, Examiner, Picus, Calypso, Prospector, Wonderment, A.L.I.E.T.T., Groundbreaker, Revelar, Information Rover, Determination, Grit, Wonder, Propulsion Major Crater, Metis 2020, Endurance, Ares-Gigasis, Rose, Enlightment, Possibility, Determination, Mystery, Cyano, Marv, Investigator, Reconnoiter, D.I.D.O., Tenacity, Adventure. The public will be able to vote for their favorite of the nine finalist names starting in late January, NASA officials added. The final name will be announced in early March. NASA's three previous Mars rovers - Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity - were also named by students.