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Contest Rules

Naming Contest Rules

  • All entries must be received by Nov. 11, 2011
  • Students may work alone, in small groups, or together as a whole class.
  • Each teacher may submit ONLY ONE ENTRY PER CLASS on behalf of his/her students.
  • A teacher may submit an entry on behalf of an individual student or on behalf of the whole class.
  • If a teacher teaches more than one class, he/she may submit ONE ENTRY PER class.
  • This contest is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade at schools in the United States.
  • All schools, elementary, middle and high school, can participate, including public, private, and homeschooled.
  • Also allowed to send entries are all organizations and groups working with youth, including Boy and Girl Scouts, afterschool and library programs.
  • Submissions must be students' original work. Entries containing plagiarized material will be disqualified.
  • Entries must be written in English.
  • Entries over 500 words will be disqualified. There is no minimum length for the entries
  • Older students' submissions will be held to higher standards than younger students' submissions.
  • Please submit the names of all students who participated in the naming contest.
  • If more than one class submits the same winning names, the justification for the names will be used as a tie-breaker.
  • Participants agree to assign copyright to JPL so that JPL and NASA can post the entries, as excerpts or in their entirety, on NASA web sites, along with the winning students' names, school, city, and state.
  • The decision of the judges is final.

How to Enter:

  • Entries must be submitted by teachers using the Online Entry Form
  • NASA does not collect contact information for minors. Do not include direct contact information for students under age 18.
  • All communication will be conducted between JPL and the students' teacher.
  • Use only plain text (no images or attachments). Attachments will not be accepted.
  • Entries received via email will NOT be considered

Make Sure To Include:

  • Teacher's name, teacher's e*mail address, and teacher's phone number including area code, school name and address, so we can contact the teacher.
  • The name(s) and grade(s) of all students who contributed to the entry being submitted.


  • The two spacecraft, GRAIL*A and GRAIL*B, will be officially renamed with the winning names selected by the judges.
  • The class of the student(s) whose teacher submitted the winning spacecraft names and the best justification for selecting these names will be invited to participate in a teleconference with GRAIL mission team members.
  • Autographed MoonKAM images will be mailed to the winning school.
  • All students who submitted the winning spacecraft names will be listed on the GRAIL website.

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