Carys Evans, age 5
Alabama, United States
Proposed name: Mondfee
Justification for the name: "(When I, mom, explained to Carys that it is recommended to pick a mythological name, she said...) 'I want to pick a fairy name and I want it to start with the letter M!' After helping her to google some fairy names, she insisted that Mondfee, German for "moon fairy" was the perfect name because (to quote her) "an asteroid must look a lot like the moon!" She recently had her first science lesson, during which she learned that science is all about asking questions and making observations. When I asked if she would like to enter a contest to name an asteroid, she said she would love to but that first she would need to write questions in her journal for me to help her answer. She asked "Wot dos it do?" "War dos it com from?" "War dos it go?" "Wot do they call it?" "Dos it do cool chrecs (tricks)?" and other questions. She is an explorer at heart for sure."
What do you want to see next in space? Carys says she would like us to send a space ship out to explore Pluto because it is a dwarf planet and she likes how small it is, and she says just because "they" don't believe there is life on Pluto doesn't mean it's true, because anything is possible.