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That Asteroid Has a Name: Bennu!

OSIRIS-REx is going to fly to an asteroid and bring back some pieces. The Planetary Society, MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, and the University of Arizona asked students around the world to suggest better names for the asteroid. The winner was 9-year-old Mike Puzio of North Carolina, who suggested the name Bennu.


Student Asteroid Naming Contest Announced

Students around the world have the opportunity to suggest names for an asteroid that will be visited by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft later this decade.

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What's In A Name: For Kids It's A Place In History

The "Name the Rovers" contest, managed by The LEGO Company and The Planetary Society in conjunction with NASA, provides students with the unbelievable opportunity to suggest a name for the two Mars-bound rovers.

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Spacecraft Target Asteroid Named in Planetary Society Contest

The target of NASA's Deep Space 1 mission now has a name: 9969 Braille, after Louis Braille, the inventor of the language system that enables sightless people to read.

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