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NASA Asks Public to Help Name Pluto’s Features

posted: 04/07/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
New Horizons encounters Pluto
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

NASA is asking the public for help naming Pluto's topographical features and orbiting satellites. Space fans have until April 24th to submit suggestions, which must meet International Astronomical Union guidelines.

NASA will assign the winning names to new discoveries made during the New Horizons Mission to Pluto in July, which will be the first-ever close flyby of the dwarf planet.

"This campaign not only reveals the public's excitement about the mission, but helps the team, which will not have time to come up with names during the flyby, to have a ready-made library of names in advance to officially submit to the IAU," said Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division.

Potential names can be submitted to ourpluto.org.

Click here for more information from NASA

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