Now's your chance for celestial immortality — sort of. NASA wants you to put on your thinking caps and come up with a name for the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST), a high-energy telescope scheduled for launch in mid-May.
For five to ten years, GLAST will scan the universe, collecting and analyzing the most powerful photons coming from objects ranging from the Sun to distant galaxies.
Mission planners are opening the floor to the public to get them involved in the mission. "The idea is to give people a chance to come up with a name that will fully engage the public in the GLAST mission," says project scientist Steve Ritz (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) in the announcement released today.
To submit your idea, read the guidelines at the GLAST website and fill out the form. Entries are due by the end of March. Be sure to print out your own "certificate of participation" so you'll be able to prove to your friends that you came up with the selected name.