New Mars Rover Lands in San Diego

A full-size prototype of the newest Mars rover is now on display at the Fleet Science Center.

The new rover is still nameless, according to museum officials but K-12 students can enter a contest to name the vehicle. The winning student will win a trip to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, where they will be able to sign the actual rover that is being sent to Mars.

The rover is about the size of a small SUV. It is fitted out with a lot of scientific equipment and is powered by a small nuclear reactor. The size of a small SUV, it was designed to search for evidence of life that may have existed on the Red Planet.

Officials said the rover will be on display through Feb. 4. The actual rover, is scheduled to launch to Mars in late 2011 and will run on nuclear power.

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