On July 14, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will fly past Pluto, and we will map that distant world and its moons for the first time. Working with the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the New Horizons team plans to assign names to the features on the maps of Pluto and its large moon Charon, once we have seen them in sharp detail this summer.

At the “Our Pluto” website you can suggest your ideas for names and vote for your favorites. The team will use your best ideas in their proposal to the IAU.

This is an opportunity for the students, teachers and the public to vote on names for the features on Pluto and Charon. The public input will be provided to the IAU, which ultimately determines the official scientific names for astronomical objects.

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