NASA Reproduces Nickname For Icy Planet On Solar System Edge

NASA seeks nickname for tiny, icy world on solar system edge

NASA Combats nickname for tiny, icy world on solar system edge

This illustration provided by NASA shows the New Horizons spacecraft. The probe whipped past Pluto and is led to 2014 MU69 to an tried 2019 flyby of their icy world on the border of the solar system. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI via AP)

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Heads up, armchair travelers.

NASA is seeking a nickname for a little world on the border of the solar system that’s the destination for New Horizons.

New Horizons whipped past Pluto. Now it’s led for 2014 MU69 — gobbledygook to the scientists.

To enhance the mood as New Horizons objectives for a 2019 flyby, the study team is currently holding a naming competition . The deadline is Dec. 1.

MU69 is 4 thousand miles (6.5 billion km) off and can actually be two things, either stuck jointly or orbiting one another. If so, two nicknames would be needed. The nicknames will likely be temporary. NASA said that a name will come after the flyby.

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