Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Give a new name

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is soliciting the member of public to suggest a name for their newly invented telescope. Currently they call it Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (Glast), it is supposed to be launched in mid 2008. Nasa seems to have realized that the acronym-derived name is not most compelling. The offer is open till 31st Mar 2008. If you are clicking with a ideal name then visit http://glast.sonoma.edu/glast-name and with the name give a statement of 25 words or less why your suggested name suits its` mission.

“ We`re looking for name suggestions that will capture the excitement of the Glast mission and call attention to gamma-ray and high –energy astronomy. We are looking for something memorable to commemorate this spectacular new astronomy mission” – says Alan Stern, Associate Administrator for Science at Nasa headquarters in Washington and continues “ We hope someone will come up with a name that is catchy, easy to say and will help make the satellite and its mission a topic of dinner table and classroom discussion”.

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