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Monday, February 11, 2008

Name a Satellite!


NASA and Sonoma State University's GLAST (Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope) satellite will be the first space-based observatory to monitor powerful phenomenon such as black holes, gamma ray bursts, and dark matter. The GLAST name, however, isn't very catchy, so NASA is hosting a "name that satellite contest", much like they did for the Spirit/Opportunity rovers.


The satellite launches in mid-2008, and names for the mission should be submitted by March 31, 2008. According to their website,

  • The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2008.
  • The name should capture the excitement of GLAST’s mission, bringing attention to gamma rays and high-energy astronomy.
  • The name should be catchy, something that people will talk about.
  • Make it simple and easy to say. Nothing says complex and inaccessible like a mouthful of acronyms.
  • In keeping with NASA tradition, the satellite will not be named after a person who is still living.
  • Finally, the name must be original and not associated with any past, present or future astronomical observatory or space mission (domestic or international) or any NASA program. Sorry, Voyager fans!
The form also requires a 25 word or less summary of why you think they should choose your suggestion. Give it a try, they might just choose yours!

Clear skies!

Image courtesy of NASA E/PO, Sonoma State University, Aurore Simonnet.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Um is this the contest where the grand prize is a trip to disneyland and you sign the paper saying the satillites name.

Sean Welton said...

No, actually, the deadline for submissions for this satellite passed a little less than a year ago.

Sean

January 25, 2009 at 7:15 PM

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