Brynn Metcalf, age 9
Illinois, United States
Proposed name: Nefertem
Justification for the name: "Nefertem represented the first sunlight and the lotus flower in Egyptian mythology. The ancient Egyptians often carried small statuettes of him as good-luck charms. We will need some good luck to make sure this asteroid doesn't crash into Earth in 2182."
What do you want to see next in space? When we talked at dinner about what we wanted to see next in space exploration she had three ideas. She is very interested in the storms on Jupiter, so we talked about it quite a bit - wanting to explore deeper into the layers of gas there... We also talked about how there hasn't ever been a woman on the Moon. (she couldn't understand why!) and we talked a lot about sending landers and rovers to the surface of Venus, and how that was so difficult but might give us good information about the greenhouse effect etc....