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The winning entry will earn a tour of the Airbus factory building the rover.

The European Space Agency asked members of the public to come up with a new name for its previously named ExoMars mission which will see a six-wheeled robot land on the Red Planet.

A special website has been set up and the public is invited to post their suggestions, although unlike the doomed attempt to name a boat a few years back, this will NOT be an online poll so you can't vote for your favourite. So if you were planning on Spacey McSpaceFace then your luck is out.

ExoMars is planned to launch on a Roscosmos Proton Launcher in 2020 and will land on Mars in spring 2021, all being well.

It's the swiss army knife of rovers and will carry a drill capable of digging 2m below the surface as well as a suite of instruments dedicated to researching the geochemistry of Earths neighbour.


Is there life out there? Well, this more than capable rover aims to try and answer that.

The vehicle is still being assembled at the Airbus factory in Stevenage and will undergo rigorous tests before launch.

Britain has played a huge part in the development of the rover and has been its key financial contributor, although the UK Space Agency has opened the competition up to all residents of any ESA member state.

There are a few rules and regulations regarding naming so we have listed them below.

The naming website is hosted by Airbus.

The name can be a single word, a short combination of words, or an acronym.

It must not have been used for a past, current or proposed space mission.

Ideas should be accompanied by an explanation of no more than 150 words.

If a person's name, that person must have died on/before 10 October 1993.

The search website will close to entries at 23:59 BST on 10 October 2018.

A UK Space Agency expert panel will choose the best suggestion.

Think hard! Only one name suggestion will be accepted from each entrant.

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