Professor Emeritus, University of Geneva and 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics Co-recipient
Michel Mayor and his team rocked the astronomy world with their 1995 announcement, but this modest man says it was a discovery whose time had come. Emily Lakdawalla returns to mysterious dwarf planet Ceres. Seen the latest Blue Origin launch and landing? Bill Nye has. Which acronym for Laika the space dog’s name will be best in show?
ESO / M. Kornmesser / Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org)
51 Pegasi b
Artist’s impression of 51 Pegasi b, the first extrasolar planet discovered around a Sun-like star. It is a prototypical hot Jupiter, with an orbit that takes only 4 days to complete.
We want to honor Laika the dog by turning her name into a space acronym. What should LAIKA stand for? It could be a spacecraft, an instrument, a type of planetary feature...you name it. Winners will be picked based on evaluation of your entry’s creativity, humor or both.
The winning LAIKA acronym: Lifetime Achievement for International K9 Astronauts (Thanks to all who submitted terrific entries!)