Students worldwide have a chance to name an asteroid, which is the subject of an upcoming Nasa mission. The mission, scheduled to be launched in 2016 is called Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx ).
It will return samples from the surface of the near-Earth asteroid called (101955)1999 RQ36 and it could hold clues to the origin of the solar system and organic molecules that may have seeded life on Earth.
The competition is open to students under the age of 18 from anywhere in the world. Each contestant can submit one name, up to 16 characters long. Entries must include a short explanation and rationale for the name. Submissions must be made by an adult on behalf of the student. The contest deadline is December 2, 2012.