Third-grader names asteroid that is focus of NASA mission

May 1, 2013 7:33 PM

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Third-grader names asteroid that is focus of NASA mission

Asteroid (101955)1999 RQ36 doesn't really roll off the tongue, but asteroid Bennu? That's an asteroid that a person, a country and the world can get excited about.

This week, NASA announced that 9-year-old Michael Toler Puzio of North Carolina had won an international student contest to name the asteroid that NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission plans to sample in 2019.

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