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Name Hayabusa2's asteroid target!

Emily Lakdawalla • July 22, 2015

Have you ever wanted to name an asteroid? JAXA is offering the opportunity to name Hayabusa2's target asteroid, 1999 JU3 to the public through a contest that runs through August 31.

The Mapping of Pluto Begins Today

Mark Showalter • March 20, 2015

When New Horizons flies past Pluto in July, we will see a new, alien landscape in stark detail. At that point, we will have a lot to talk about. The only way we can talk about it is if those features, whatever they turn out to be, have names.

Help name the last phase of the Cassini mission!

Emily Lakdawalla • April 10, 2014

The scientists on the Cassini team are incredibly excited about the final, "proximal orbit" phase of the mission. But they want a punchier name for it, and they're asking the public for help.

New opportunity to name an asteroid!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 24, 2013

The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) has just announced a new asteroid naming competition, open to anyone, so if you've ever wanted to name an asteroid, now's your chance.

Saving the Planet can be Exciting!

Mat Kaplan • May 07, 2013

Planetary Radio for the week of May 6 visits the Planetary Defense Conference one last time to join a "tabletop" simulation of a killer asteroid threat.

Planetary Society Hangout: Naming Bennu, with Mike Puzio and Dante Lauretta

Emily Lakdawalla • May 01, 2013

In this week's Hangout, Emily Lakdawalla hosted Mike Puzio and Dante Lauretta in a discussion about the naming of OSIRIS-REx' asteroid target.

We have a winner! The OSIRIS-REx asteroid's name is: Bennu!

Emily Lakdawalla • May 01, 2013

We received more than 8000 entries from all over the world in the Name That Asteroid contest, and we can finally announce the winner. The asteroid formerly known as 1999 RQ36 is now formally named (101955) Bennu, for a heron associated with the Egyptian god Osiris.

New Contest: Name the Moons of Pluto!

Emily Lakdawalla • February 11, 2013

The discoverers of Pluto's fourth and fifth moons are inviting the public to vote on (and write in candidates for) their formal names. Voting closes in two weeks.

OSIRIS-REx "Name That Asteroid!" Contest Deadline Extended to December 31

Emily Lakdawalla • November 30, 2012

Good news, everyone! The OSIRIS-REx team wants to give as many kids as possible a chance to Name That Asteroid! The contest entry deadline has been extended to December 31.

Name That Asteroid!

Bill Nye • September 04, 2012

OSIRIS-REx is will return a piece of the ancient asteroid 1999 RQ36, and it's up to you to come up with a name.

Announcing the winners of the "Are We There Yet?" contest

Emily Lakdawalla • February 28, 2011

I'm pleased to announce the winners of the Planetary Society's "Are We There Yet?" Stardust contest!

Stardust update: Almost to Tempel 1

Emily Lakdawalla • February 10, 2011

We're coming up on the final days of Stardust's approach to Tempel 1. The flyby takes place on February 15 at 04:56 UTC (February 14 at 20:56 PST).

Stardust Contest: "Are We There Yet?"

Emily Lakdawalla • February 01, 2011

There's a new Planetary Society contest: "Are We There Yet? -- Measuring Stardust's Cosmic Journey." How far do you think Stardust will have traveled to get to Tempel 1? Guess here and get a chance to win a cool T-shirt!

A lack of information for a Deep Impact update

Emily Lakdawalla • August 24, 2005

I had very much hoped to be able to post an update about the Deep Impact mission this week, but it looks like my various sources are keeping very very quiet (or maybe they are just tired of me pestering them :)

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