The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission is gearing up to land on a comet next month — and they need your help to name the soon-to-be famous landing site.
If successful, the ESA’s landing of the Philae lander on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko would be the first-ever soft landing of a human-made object on a comet. They’ve identified the best spot to land, dubbed Site J, and everyone agrees that name is really lame.
Enter the nifty naming competition: The ESA has opened up a public effort to let anyone and everyone take a shot at renaming Site J, in hopes the hive mind can come up with something fittingly classic and clever. We’re thinking most suggestions will probably not be, so you can fire off your best unofficial recommendation with the #NameJ hashtag.
If you want to throw in a legit option, just click here and follow the instructions. The recommendations will be judged by a jury comprising members of the Philae Steering Committee, which will select the best name suggestion. The winner be invited to follow the landing in person from ESA’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, on Nov. 12. That’s actually pretty awesome.
Rosetta’s Philae lander is set to make a go at landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, and it is arguably one of the coolest space projects in a long while. If successful, the craft will send back intel and pics from the comet's surface — something that’s never been done before.
So, what should they call Site J?
(Via European Space Agency)