NASA asks school children to name next Mars rover

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - Time is running out for school children who want to help NASA name its next robotic Mars explorer.

Students age 5 to 18 are being asked to submit a name for the Mars Science Laboratory and write an essay explaining their choice.

The contest's deadline is midnight Sunday.

Members of the public will have a chance to weigh in after nine finalists are selected. A winner will be announced in April.

The rover is scheduled to launch in 2011.

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