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Students Spell Out New Names for GRAIL
01.17.12
 
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Maria Zuber: We gave these two spacecraft names of 'A' and 'B'.

So we asked the youth of America to assist us in getting slightly better names.

And we held a nationwide contest. Over 11,000 students wrote essays. There was a very competitive competition.

Sally Ride: GRAIL is the first spacecraft mission to carry instruments that are entirely dedicated to education: cameras that will be operated by students.

And it's my pleasure to introduce 4th-grade teacher Nina DiMauro.

Her class at Emily Dickinson School submitted the winning entry. Nina, congratulations!

Nina DiMauro: We're so thrilled that our names were chosen!

DiMauro: Give me an E!

Students: E!

DiMauro: Give me an F!

Students: F!

DiMauro: Give me a B!

Students: B!

DiMauro: Give me an L!

Students: L!

DiMauro: Give me a B!

Students: B!

DiMauro: Give me an O!

Students: O!

DiMauro: Give me an 'and'!

Students: And!

DiMauro: Give me a W!

Students: W!

DiMauro: What have we got?

Students: Ebb & Flow!

DiMauro: Can't hear you!

Students: Ebb & Flow!

Ride: In mid-March they'll have the honor of being the first school to take photos of the moon with the MoonKam cameras.

DiMauro: We can't wait! We're looking forward to it! Thank you!

Applause.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

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