The US space agency has been putting the vehicle through its paces with a series of drills ahead of its planned launch next July.
Unperturbed by people voting to name a polar research ship Boaty McBoatface, NASA is asking for ideas to name its next Mars rover.
The US space agency has been putting the exploration vehicle through its paces with a series of drills ahead of its planned launch next July, but its galactic readiness will not be completely secured until it has a name.
NASA will be hoping the American students it is seeking help from will be more sensible with their ideas than the British public, who were overruled in their bid to give the RRS Sir David Attenborough a far sillier moniker.
Pupils in US public, private and home schools are all eligible to enter the competition on the NASA website, where they will be asked to submit a short essay explaining their choice.
It must not have been used on a previous space mission, cannot be corporate or trademarked, and can only be named after someone if that person is deceased.
While entries are only being accepted from US students ahead of the 1 November deadline, anyone will be invited to vote on the final picks in a public poll in January.
The rover is not scheduled to land on the surface of Mars until the afternoon of 18 February 2021, and will arrive with four key objectives.