NASA | Name That Asteroid!
The OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission is going to an asteroid to return a sample to Earth. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will launch in 2016, visit the asteroid in 2019-2020 and return a sample to Earth in 2023. Scientists will study the asteroid's orbit, composition, and characteristics to answer questions about the early Solar System, build- ing blocks of life, and potential impact hazards.Instead of traveling to asteroid (1010955) 1999 RQ36, the asteroid's current name, we're asking for help to find a new name. The Planetary Society, NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission, and the discovers at MIT's Lincoln Lab, will recommend selected names to the Interna- tional Astronomical Union for selection.Contestants choose a name, explain their choice and submit the application on the Planetary Society website.Contest starts Tuesday September 4, 2012. The deadline is Sunday December 2, 2012.For contest rules, guidelines, and application visit: www.planetary.org/name This video is public domain and can be downloaded at: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?11092Like our videos? Subscribe to NASA's Goddard Shorts HD podcast:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/iTunes/f0004_index.htmlOr find NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/NASA.GSFCOr find us on Twitter:http://twitter.com/NASAGoddard