Help Name A Surface Feature On Pluto – NASA’s “New Horizons” Space Mission
With all of these new surface features and photos to pour over, scientists will need to name them… and that’s where we get a rare opportunity to participate.
Working with the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the New Horizons team plans to assign names to the features on the maps of Pluto and its large moon Charon, once we have seen them in sharp detail this summer. At this site, you can suggest your ideas for names and vote for your favorites. The team will use your best ideas in their proposal to the IAU.
There are two ballots available to the public where kids and adults can cast their vote to name surface features. We can also submit our own suggestions. While there are guidelines which keep us from nominating “The Delmarva Peninsula” as a name for a crater, there is plenty of room for creativity.
After it snaps photos of Pluto, New Horizons will continue on its journey and explore the Kuiper Belt.
Photo credit- NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute