The Planetary Society organizes space-related contests as a fun way to get the public involved with space exploration. Art and essay contests invite people to imagine the new worlds we'll explore. Naming contests have given members of the general public a chance give names to missions and space objects, including Magellan, Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity, and the asteroids Bonestell, Nereus, and Braille. Other contests challenge people to employ wit, skill, and luck in games that give the public a personal stake in the outcome of our collective efforts to explore space.
Voting has ended! The winning missions are Voyager, Cassini/Huygens and Curiosity (Mars Science Lab).
We are partnering with Chop Shop to help select historic robotic spacecraft missions to turn into posters for your living room. Each poster will be a screen-print of at least 3-colors and be printed with Valhalla Studios.
OSIRIS-REx is going to fly to an asteroid and bring back some pieces. Its asteroid target used to be named 1999 RQ36, 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 winning name, "Bennu," was submitted by 9-year-old Mike Puzio of North Carolina.
Submissions were due March 1st, 2013.
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In 2016, The Planetary Society’s LightSail program will take the technology a step further.