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October 16, 2001
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Winner to witness new launch.

NASA is conducting a contest for children and adults to name its new $500 million space observatory, set to launch next July. Its mission is to search for new planets at the farthest reaches of the universe. The current name of the Space Infrared Telescope Facility, or SIRTF, lacks the star power of a Mars Pathfinder or a Hubble. Suggestions for the new name must be submitted online with an essay of 250 words or less by December 20 at sirtf.caltech.edu/namingcontest. Limit one entry per person. The grand prize winner will get to witness the newly named observatory's launch at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Play, and perhaps, win! (And if you do win, please let POB know!)

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