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NASA : NASA Extends Campaign for Public to Name Features on Pluto .- NASA extiende la Campaña para público a nombre satélite que orbita en Plutón
Hola amigos: A VUELO DE UN QUINDE EL BLOG., hemos recibido información de la Agencia Espacial NASA, que el satélite : NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, ha descubierto un satélite que orbita alrededor de Plutón y la Agencia desea la participación del Público para poner un nombre a este nuevo descubrimiento.
Como sabemos que La Unión Astronómica Internacional (UAI) con sede en París, es la única en poner nombres a los diferentes cuerpos celestes que se encuentran en El Universo, pero esta vez se pide la participación del público en general y llegar a un consenso en nombrar al nuevo satélite que orbita alrededor de Plutón.
Artist’s concept of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft
as it passes Pluto and Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, in July
NASA/JHU APL/SwRI/Steve Gribben
The public has until Friday, April 24 to help name new features on Pluto and
its orbiting satellites as they are discovered by NASA’s New Horizons
Announced in March, the agency wants to give the worldwide public more time
to participate in the agency’s mission to Pluto that will make the first-ever
close flyby of the dwarf planet on July 14.
The campaign extension, in partnership with the International Astronomical
Union (IAU) in Paris, was due to the overwhelming response from the public.
“Due to increasing interest and the number of submissions we’re getting, it
was clear we needed to extend this public outreach activity,” said Jim Green,
director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at the agency’s headquarters in
Washington. “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.”
The IAU is the formal authority for naming celestial bodies. Submissions must
follow a set of accepted themes and guidelines set out by the IAU’s Working
Group for Planetary System Nomenclature. After the campaign concludes, NASA’s
New Horizons team will sort through the names and submit its recommendations to
the IAU. The IAU will decide whether and how the names will be used.
The campaign allows the public of all ages to submit names for the many new
features scientists expect to discover on Pluto following the encounter.
"I’m impressed with the more than 40,000 thoughtful submissions,” said Mark
Showalter, scientist New Horizons science team co-investigator, and SETI
Institute in Mountain View, California, which is hosting the naming website.
“Every day brings new lessons in the world's history, literature and mythology.
Participation has come from nearly every country on Earth, so this really is a
New Horizons already has covered more than 3 billion miles since it launched
on Jan. 19, 2006. Its journey has taken it past each planet’s orbit, from Mars
to Neptune, in record time, and now it’s in the first stage of an historic
encounter with Pluto that includes long-distance imaging, as well as dust,
energetic particle and solar wind measurements to characterize the space
environment near Pluto.
The spacecraft will pass Pluto at a speed of 31,000 mph taking thousands of
images and making a wide range of science observations. At a distance of nearly
4 billion miles from Earth at flyby, it will take approximately 4.5 hours for
data to reach Earth.
The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) manages the New Horizons
mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Alan Stern, of the
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), is the principal investigator. SwRI leads
the science team, payload operations and encounter science planning. New
Horizons is part of the New Frontiers Program, managed by NASA's Marshall Space
Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. APL designed, built and operates the
spacecraft for NASA.
To find out more information about how to participate in the Pluto naming