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Renaming SIRTF: A Status Report November 2002

Status Report From: California Institute of Technology
Posted: Friday, November 1, 2002

Over 7000 entries were submitted to the SIRTF Naming Contest in late 2001. Members of the SSC Education & Public Outreach Office reviewed each entry and identified 161 semi-finalists for further consideration. People who submitted these names/essays have received notification and a package of outreach materials from the SSC. In May 2002, the remaining entrants were carefully reviewed by a committee of SIRTF managers, external science writers and communicators, and educators. This committee identified the six names (and eleven Finalist essays) that are currently under consideration.

NASA has chosen to rename the Observatory after it is launched and successfully inserted into an Earth-trailing heliocentric orbit. The Grand Prize winner will be notified in December and invited to attend the launch. However, a formal announcement of the name will not be made until late winter.

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