Australia's first lunar rover will be named Roo-ver. Nearly 20,000 Australians voted on the shortlist of four names, which also included Coolamon, Kakirra and Mateship, chosen from more than 8000 submissions nationwide. With 36 per cent of the vote the pun name referring to one of the country's most famed native animals was the clear winner, the Australian Space Agency has announced. Roo-ver was submitted by Siwa from NSW after the Agency launched a competition to name the historic rover headed to the moon later this decade. The Agency has revealed other popular names which weren't chosen for the shortlist, including Matilda, Skippy, Bluey, Walkabout, Wombat and Rover McRoverface. Entrants also called on Aussie slang for suggestions such as Fair Dinkum, Bonza, She'll Be Right, Dropbear, Mate, Strewth and PavRover. Some notable Australians were also honoured through names such as Burt 'Moonface' Newton, Rove-r McManus, Steve Irwin, Sam Kerr, Blinky Bill, and Barassi - the first ruck-rover in the AFL. While multiple entries were made for every day names including Bruce, Steve, Bob, Diana, Trevor, Sheila and Ruby. "This competition has been an important way for us to bring the Australian people with us on what is our 'boldest adventure yet'," Agency head Enrico Palermo said. "With Roo-ver we can continue to inspire Australians by showing the boundary pushing work being done right here, and the ways that benefits our everyday lives." The Australian-made, semi-autonomous rover will launch to the Moon as part of a NASA mission. It will be tasked with collecting lunar soil from which NASA will attempt to extract oxygen, in a key step towards a sustainable human presence on the Moon. Two Australian consortiums are working on early-stage rover concepts with the Agency to select one to design and develop for the mission. Roo-ver will be roughly the size of a check-in suitcase and is expected to weigh about 20kg. At this stage the rover will land in the Moon's South Pole region and operate for 14 Earth day - equal to about half of one Moon day.