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Forum:Satellites - Robotic Probes
Topic:OSIRIS-REx to asteroid Bennu: Viewing, comments
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Robert PearlmanToday's news regarding the naming of asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36 as "Bennu" has a collectSPACE connection.
The name is the winning entry in an international student contest. Michael Puzio, a nine-year-old in North Carolina, suggested the name because he imagined the Touch-and-Go Sample Mechanism (TAGSAM) arm and solar panels on OSIRIS-REx look like the like neck and wings in drawings of Bennu, which Egyptians usually depicted as a gray heron.
Michael is the son of cS member Larry Puzio (cS: lspooz)!

Congratulations Michael and Larry! Very nice to have an asteroid namer among our extended community!

lspoozAnd thanks to collectSPACE, where I first found the link to NASA/Planetary Society's contest back on Labor Day.

Mike did just change his mind and announced that he DOESN'T want to be an astronaut BECAUSE he doesn't want to wear space diapers!

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