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Corporations, nonprofits and educational organisations interested in sponsoring the contest can send proposals to NASA. Also Read - Researchers Discover 17 New Planets, Including Habitable Earth-sized World

To be considered, all proposals must be received by October 9, NASA said in a statement on Friday.



“We’ve been doing naming contests since the very first Mars rover back in 1997,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, in Washington.

“Thousands of kids participate, and their enthusiasm for the contest and Mars is infectious,” Zurbuchen said.

The selected partner will have an opportunity to be part of a historic mission, NASA said.

Mars 2020 is targeted for launch in July or August 2020 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.