website statistics

There is an asteroid at near-earth known as (101955) 1999 RQ36. As the name is difficult to remember and pronounce, so NASA wants students to name the asteroid.
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (Rate This)
Loading...

How would you feel if NASA approves your chosen name for an asteroid and every people will call the asteroid by your given name? If that really happens then I’m guessing, you might be flying in air with joy. This is not a dream; it may really happen! In the space, there is an asteroid known as (101955) 1999 RQ36 which may hit our planet Earth in far future. Undoubtedly, the name is difficult to remember and weird to pronounce. So, NASA scientists are giving students across the world an opportunity to name that asteroid. This is a golden chance for every student to represent him before NASA and the world.


Name The Asteroid Currently Known As (101955) 1999 RQ36

Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) discovered (101955) 1999 RQ36 on September 11, 1999. Around 170 years later from now, the (101955) 1999 RQ36 may appear as a threat to earth when it’ll swing close to our planet. Researchers have said that 1,837 feet (560 meters) wide asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36 may hit (1 out of 1,410 chance) the Earth in Sept. 24, 2182. Whether it hits the planet or not, NASA is planning to launch a $800 million probe called OSIRIS-REx towards (101955) 1999 RQ36 in 2016. This probe will reach the asteroid in 2019. The mission is to study the asteroid, take/collect some sample (soil and rock) and return to Earth by 2023 with the samples for further study. After complete study of (101955) 1999 RQ36, NASA will send astronauts to the asteroid in 2025.

Usually who discovers something, gives a real name of that discovered thing. Astronomers at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory discovered the asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36 in 1999. So they should have given a name. But they didn’t do that. Rather the astronomers made a partnership with the Planetary Society and the University of Arizona to arrange an open online contest for worldwide students to select a name for the (101955) 1999 RQ36.

OSIRIS-REx project scientist Jason Dworkin, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said in a news release, “Because the samples returned by the mission will be available for study for future generations, it is possible the person who names the asteroid will grow up to study the regolith we return to Earth.”

Only under 18 students from all over the world can participate in this asteroid naming contest. Each participant can submit only one name (maximum 16 characters long) with a short explanation and rationale for the name (maximum 900 characters). But students can’t submit the post directly; rather their submissions must be made by an adult on behalf of the participant. Submissions must be made through the official contest entry form. The contest has begun from September 4 and deadline for entering the contest is December 2, 2012. For more information, head over to The Planetary Society.

Chief executive officer Bill Nye, for The Planetary Society, said in a statement, “Asteroids are just cool and 1999 RQ36 deserves a cool name! Engaging kids around the world in a naming contest will get them tuned in to asteroids and asteroid science.”

However after getting all submissions, a panel of judges will review the proposed asteroid names. As soon as the chosen name for (101955) 1999 RQ36 is approved by the International Astronomical Union Committee for Small-Body Nomenclature, the winner’s name will be announced then.

I wanted to take part in this naming contest, but bad luck for me (I’m 18+). But, if you are under 18 and a student, then are you planning to take part in this naming contest? Parents and guardians, what are you thinking? Will you inspire your beloved children to take part in this historic contest? Don’t hesitate to share your thought with us.

Source : NASA, The Planetary Society

Buy Cheapest Related Product From Amazon.com


Sony DSC-RX1: World’s First 24.3 MP Full-Frame Compact Digital Camera

[Breaking] Apple Store Down Before The Launch Of iPhone 5 Event
You can also press the left/right arrow key on your keyboard to go to previous/next post
  On September 12, 2012(3 years, 8 months ago.)

You May Also Like:

What Do You Think?

Leave a Reply




Loading Facebook Comments ...

FTC Disclosure: Some of the links of this website are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission.


Recent Search

Recent Tutorials

Even if iPhone is muted, still Siri's voice is loudly chime. Now you can change the setting to silence Siri using your iPhone's mute switch.
Check out how to teach Siri about nicknames and relationships of the important people in your life in order to make your life easier.
Has your iPhone suddenly turned black & white? Check out this tutorial to know possible reasons & how to fix iPhone screen with few taps.
Check out this tutorial to download FREE movies and TV Shows streaming Showbox app and install it on your Android smartphone or tablet.
Parental Controls allows you to put restrictions on apps or content that can or can not be used by anyone else on your Apple iPhone or iPad.
If you want to print from iPhone without using any computer, check this out to connect and print wirelessly right from the Apple device.
Using Siri, anyone can bypass the Passcode even if iPhone or iPad is locked. Check out this to know how you can disable Siri on lock screen.
Floatify will let you quick reply to the messages or emails through notification bar using your Android Lollipop or Marshmallow.
If you do not know to do face swap, check out this tutorial to learn how the new Snapchat face swapping feature actually works.
Facebook has released the Live video streaming feature and we will show you how to go live using the Facebook app for Android or Apple.
Close You Have To Login
User:
Pass:
Login With »Login With TwitterLogin With Facebook