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Asteroid-Naming Contest for Kids Involves UT Professor’s Work

OSIRIS-REx spacecraft at asteroid 1999 RQ36. Photo credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Arizona

Josh Emery, assistant professor in earth and planetary sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, works on the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission, which is now hosting a contest that will allow kids under the age of 18 to name an asteroid. The international contest will help scientists find a new name for asteroid 1996 RQ36. Emery said the contest is “a good way to get students to really think about exploration and the human spirit.”