NASA Allowing Public To Name Features On Dwarf Planet Pluto

CBS San Francisco

(CBS SF) — NASA has partnered with the International Astronomical Union to allow the public to nominate names for soon-to-be-discovered features on Pluto and its orbiting satellites.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will make the first-ever close flyby of Pluto and its satellites in July, collecting thousands of photographs which should reveal an in-depth look at the features on the bodies in the Pluto system.

These features will be named by the public after a vetting by NASA’s New Horizons team and the IAU. Don’t get too excited and think a feature on Pluto will soon be named after you, your pet hamster, or Seymour Buttz as there is a very strict set of rules for nomenclature.

All nominated names must “related to mythology and the literature and history of exploration.” Nominations also can not be the name of a living person. Below are the basic rules for names from IAU

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