There’s Still Time to Help Name New Horizons’ Next Flyby Target

The deadline for the Frontier Worlds campaign to nickname New Horizons’ next flyby target, MU69, has been extended until midnight on December 6.

Since completing its flyby of Pluto last year, New Horizons has set course towards MU69, a small object in the Kuiper Belt. On January 1, 2019, MU69 will become the most remote world ever explored by humankind.

Frontier Worlds launched on November 6, inviting the public to suggest nicknames for MU69 and vote for favorites. So far, 31,000 names have been nominated and more than 96,000 votes have been cast. Some of the frontrunners include Pangu (the first being in Chinese mythology), Uluru (Ayers Rock, the largest rock on Earth) and Chomolungma and Sagarmatha (the names of Mt. Everest in Tibet and Nepal).

The Frontier Worlds naming campaign is being led by Mark Showalter, a SETI Institute Fellow and Senior Research Scientist, who is a member of the New Horizons science team.

Nominations and voting will remain open until the campaign closes, and NASA and the New Horizons team will review results and announce a selection in early 2018. Visit frontierworlds.seti.org to participate.

Read the official NASA release here: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-extends-campaign-to-nickname-new-horiz...