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Antongiulio Chiarella, age 14

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Antongiulio Chiarella, age 14


Proposed name: Tefnut

Justification for the name: "I was inspired by egyptian mythology because of the OSIRIS-REx mission. Tefnut was one of the original deities (one of the Ennead). She was the goddess of moisture, humidity and water. Her name itself is related to water, tf is the root of the words for 'moist'. Her name translates to something like 'She of Moisture'. The people believed that without her water, Egypt could dry and burn in the sun. This is related to the fact that many asteroids like 1999 RQ36 collided with the young planets bringing organics and possibly water to them. And water is life. Tefnut is represented as a woman lying between Nut (goddes of the sky) and Geb (god of earth). Please see picture at So I image water coming from something between deep sky of universe and earth (so coming from asteroids) to bring life on Earth. Hope it makes sense, sorry for my english! Bye"

What do you want to see next in space? "I'd like to know more about origin of the universe. Maybe with space exploration some clues about origin of the universe can be discovered."

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