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Shachar Gottlieb, age 9

California, United States

Proposed name: Apis

Justification for the name: "Apis is adequate for the following reasons: 1. Apis is a sacred bull in the Egyptian mythology. Apis was later believed to be the incarnation of Osiris - the same name as NASA space mission approaching it. 2. Apis is typically described as black, a color typically associated with carbon - the main reason for selecting 1999 RQ36 - a carbonaceous asteroids. 3. Has a nice sound and is easy to pronounce."

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